TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION 101: MISSISSIPPI
January 10, 2020
Mississippi’s vaping industry provided more than $169 million in economic activity in 2018 while generating 963 direct vaping-related jobs. Sales of disposables and prefilled cartridges in Mississippi exceeded $4.3 million in 2016.
As of November 26, 2019, MSDH has reported 11 cases of vaping-related lung illness. MSDH notes that 73 percent of patients reported vaping THC and/or CBD vaping products. MSDH earns an A for its reporting on vaping-related lung illnesses.
In 2018, 6.6 percent of Mississippi high school students reported using vapor products on 20 or more days, while 62 percent reported never trying vapor products. More data is needed.
Only 2 percent of FDA retail compliance checks in Mississippi resulted in sales of e-cigarettes to minors from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.
Mississippi spends very little on tobacco prevention. In 2019, Mississippi dedicated only $8.4 million on tobacco control, or 3 percent of what the state received in tobacco settlement payments and taxes.