With No Tobacco Day coming up on May 31, BetColorado took a break from Colorado betting apps reviews to look at smoking prevention in the state.
And Colorado doesn’t have far to go to move up the list of states with the fewest number of cigarette smokers.
Using data from the CDC’s 2021 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, BetColorado.com — home to coverage of Colorado sports betting — ranked the states based on its percentage of adults who reported “smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and currently smoke daily or some days.”
State-By-State Breakdown of Adult Smokers
Colorado Receives Fresh Funding
Data shows that only 12% of those surveyed in Colorado currently smoke daily or some days. That leaves Colorado tied for ninth in the nation with Illinois and New York. West Virginia is the worst with 22% of its adults saying they have smoked 100 cigarettes in their life and currently smoke daily or some days.
That low number for Colorado comes from work through the Colorado Board of Health. On January 20, 2023, the Tobacco Review Committee approved a new three-year funding cycle that allocates about $20 million annually for interventions via state and community efforts, smoking cessation, mass media reach, and through surveillance and evaluation.
The entire state helps bear the cost of those smoking, as tobaccofreekids.org says that annual healthcare costs in Colorado for smoking are $2.19 billion, with Medicaid costs reaching $415.3 million.
While those are big numbers based on a population of 5.812 million as of 2021, the state and federal tax burden of $736 per household for smoking-caused government expenditures isn’t overtly high. By comparison, the average cost per household in the states with the most adult smokers in West Virginia and Arkansas is $1,428 and $1,225, respectively.