2019 YRBS Data 

  • Kentucky ranks #2 in the United States for adult smoking at 23.4% (CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Survey 2018) 
  • 26.1% of Kentucky youth use e-cigarettes regularly (CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2019) 
  • 12.3% of Kentucky youth usually get their own vapor products by buying them in a store (CDC YRBS 2019) 
  • 7.9% of Kentucky youth use smokeless tobacco regularly (CDC YRBS 2019) 
  • 8,900 Kentucky adults die each year from smoking (Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids “The Toll of Tobacco in Kentucky” 2019) 

Economic Burden of Tobacco Use in Kentucky

  • $1.92 billion yearly health care cost directly attributable to smoking (CDC’s Smoking Attributable Mortality, Morbidity and Economic Cost 2017) 
  • $1,074 per household state and federal tax burden from smoking-related government expenses (CDC’s Smoking Attributable Mortality, Morbidity and Economic Costs 2017)

KIP 2018 Data booklet




Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids - The Toll of Tobacco in Kentucky 

Truth Initiative – Tobacco use in Kentucky in 2019

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Smoking and Tobacco Use

Lung Cancer Rates for Kentucky from the American Lung Association