RHODE ISLAND

Analysis and insight on tobacco and vapor

products in the Ocean State

Cigarettes: $3.75/pack 

Other Tobacco Products:

80% Wholesale Price

• Cigars: $0.50/cigar

E-Cigarettes: None

Excise Taxes

E-Cigarettes Defined as Tobacco Products?

-No-

E-Cigarettes Included in Smoking Bans?

-Yes-

Flavor Bans?

Yes, effective March 26, 2020

 

TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION 101: RHODE ISLAND

Key Points: 

  • Rhode Island’s vaping industry provided more than $54 million in economic activity in 2018 while generating 271 direct vaping-related jobs. Sales of disposables and prefilled cartridges in Rhode Island exceeded $2.2 million in 2016.

  • As of October 3, RIDH has reported two vaping-related lung illnesses, including age ranges. RIDH notes the role of THC in the outbreak, but does not provide thorough data. RIDH earns a C for its reporting on vaping-related lung illnesses.

  • In 2019, 7.3 percent of Rhode Island high school students reported daily use of vapor products; nearly 70 percent reported not using e-cigarettes. Only 4.5 percent cited flavors as a reason for e-cigarette use.

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

  • Rhode Island spends very little on tobacco prevention. In 2019, Rhode Island dedicated only $390,926 on tobacco control, or less than 1 percent of what the state received in tobacco settlement payments and taxes.

 

RHODE ISLAND

TOBACCO AND VAPOR 

MONIES

ECONOMIC BURDEN OF SMOKING IN

RHODE ISLAND

 
 

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

Types of Products Sold

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