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Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and in New Mexico. To address this enormous toll, the American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by New Mexico's elected officials:

  1. Increase funding for the state's tobacco prevention and control program;
  2. Increase excise taxes on tobacco products by $1.00 per pack or more; and
  3. Remove statewide preemption for tobacco product sales laws.

The American Lung Association in New Mexico provides leadership in convening partners and guiding public policy efforts to continue the state's success in reducing the impact of tobacco among New Mexicans. Together with our partners, the Lung Association works to ensure tobacco control and prevention remains a priority for state legislators and local decision makers.

In 2021, the Lung Association's focus was to continue to educate legislators, legislative staff, and the general public about smoking and the importance of providing tobacco cessation programs for adults and youth, and the dangers of secondhand smoke. During the legislative session the Lung Association along with our partners worked to increase the excise tax on tobacco products, close loopholes for smoking inside state-owned gaming facilities, repeal preemption on tobacco product sales, and restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products. While some progress was made with these bills, none of them ultimately were passed.

Funding for the state tobacco control program from tobacco Master Settlement Agreement dollars saw a significant 30% cut for fiscal year 2022. The cut was due to an expected drop in tobacco Master Settlement Agreement dollars the state receives each year. Unfortunately, this leaves New Mexico even further short of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended level.

Moving forward in 2022, the American Lung Association in New Mexico will once again make it a priority to educate our legislature and communities about the dangers of tobacco use and the importance of a well-funded tobacco prevention and cessation program. Additionally, the Lung Association will work to increase the tobacco prevention and control program funding to replace the cut the program saw in 2021. Finally, the Lung Association will be working to raise the excise tax on tobacco products by significant amounts.
New Mexico Facts
Economic Cost Due to Smoking: $843,869,235
Adult Smoking Rate: 16.1%
High School Smoking Rate: 8.9%
High School Tobacco Use Rate: 37.5%
Middle School Smoking Rate: 4.3%
Smoking Attributable Deaths per Year: 2,630

Adult smoking data come from CDC's 2020 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. High school smoking and tobacco use data come from the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. Middle school smoking rate is taken from the 2017 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey.

Health impact information is taken from the Smoking Attributable Mortality, Morbidity and Economic Costs (SAMMEC) software. Smoking attributable deaths reflect average annual estimates for the period 2005-2009 and are calculated for persons aged 35 years and older. Smoking attributable healthcare expenditures are based on 2004 smoking attributable fractions and 2009 personal healthcare expenditure data. Deaths and expenditures should not be compared by state.

New Mexico Information

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