Oklahoma Smoking Statistics

Oklahoma is among the unhealthiest states in the nation, but efforts to curb tobacco use are changing the equation. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is helping thousands of Oklahomans quit tobacco. Businesses and organizations are establishing tobacco-prevention programs, and communities are forming coalitions to reduce the toll of tobacco. Together, we can improve Oklahoma’s health and create a brighter future.

Oklahoma vs. U.S.*

High School smoking rate: OK-14.6% vs. US-9.6%
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Adult smoking rate: OK-22.2% vs. US-15.1%
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17.3% of male high school students use smokeless tobacco in Oklahoma, higher than the national average.
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Adults exposed to secondhand smoke: OK-52.1% vs. US-47.7%
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Oklahoma kids under 18 who become new daily smokers each year: 2,400

The Financial Toll of Smoking in Oklahoma

Annual healthcare costs in Oklahoma directly caused by smoking: $1.62 billion
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Portion covered by state Medicaid program: $264 million
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Resident's state and federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures: $899 per household
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Smoking-caused productivity losses in Oklahoma: $2.1 billion
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Health Care Costs Due to Differences in Smoking Rates

This map shows how much money states spend or save as a result of how much higher or lower a state’s smoking rate is than the national average. The darker yellow states, like Oklahoma, are spending more than the national average due to their higher smoking rates.

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Deaths in Oklahoma from Smoking

  • Adults who die each year from their own smoking: 7,500
  • Kids now under 18 and alive in Oklahoma who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking: 88,000
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