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Nebraska Tobacco Facts

  • Every year, Nebraska spends at least $681 per household for smoking related medical expenses and lost productivity.  (1) 
  • Adult smoking rate: 16% in 2018. (2)
  • Adult smokeless tobacco use rate: 5.2% in 2018.  (2)
  • Youth (grades 9-12) smoking rate: 6.1% in 2019. (3) 
  • Youth who use smokeless tobacco (chew): 3.3% in 2019. (3) 
  • Youth who use cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars: 4% in 2019. (3)
  • Over 2,500 Nebraskans die each year from smoking-attributable causes. (4)
  • Number of kids now under 18 who will likely die early from smoking (if current trends continue): 38,000. (4) 
  • Nebraska kids (under 18) who will become new daily smokers each year: 600. (4)
  • Annual smoking-related medical expenses: $795 million.  (4)
  • Annual cost of lost productivity due to smoking: $605.5 million.  (4) 
  • 94.3% of Nebraskans agree that inhaling secondhand smoke is harmful to children and adults.  (5)  
  • The smoking rate among pregnant women in Nebraska is 8.4% in 2017. (6) 
  1. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids – The Toll of Tobacco in Nebraska,
  2. Nebraska Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2018
  3. Nebraska Youth Tobacco Survey 2019
  4. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids—Key State-Specific Tobacco-Related Data & Rankings
  5. Nebraska Adult Tobacco Survey 2018
  6. Nebraska Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)