KENTUCKY

Analysis and insight on tobacco and vapor

products in the Bluegrass State

Cigarettes: $1.10/pack 

Other Tobacco Products:

15% Manufacturer's Price

• Snuff: $0.19/ounce

• Chewing Tobacco: 

$0.19 - $0.65 (varies)

E-Cigarettes: 
Closed Systems: $1.50/cartridge

Open Systems: 15% Wholesale Price 

(effective July 1, 2020)
 

Excise Taxes

E-Cigarettes Defined as Tobacco Products?

-No-

E-Cigarettes Included in Smoking Bans?

-Varies-

 

TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION 101: KENTUCKY

Key Points: 

  • Kentucky’s vaping industry provided more than $942 million in economic activity in 2018 while generating 2,546 vaping-related jobs. Sales of disposables and prefilled cartridges in Kentucky exceeded $9 million in 2016.

  • As of December 20, 2019, KCHFS has reported six cases of vaping-related lung illness. KCHFS does not provide information on age, gender, or substances vaped. KCHFS earns an F-ranking for its reporting on vaping-related lung illnesses.

  • During 2016-2017, only 8.7 percent of Kentucky high school students reported using e-cigarettes daily, while 73.9 percent reported not vaping. More data is needed.

  • Only 1 percent of FDA retail compliance checks resulted in sales of e-cigarettes to minors from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

  • Kentucky spends very little on tobacco prevention. In 2019, Kentucky dedicated only $3.8 million on tobacco control, or 1 percent of what the state received in tobacco settlement payments and taxes.

 

KENTUCKY TOBACCO AND VAPOR MONIES

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ECONOMIC BURDEN OF SMOKING IN KENTUCKY

 
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FDA Compliance Checks
January 1, 2018 - October 1, 2019

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Types of Products Sold

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