Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending
- FY2013 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $22,567,704
- FY2013 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,288,576*
- FY2013 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $24,856,280
- CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $54,400,000
- Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 45.7%
*Includes tobacco prevention and cessation funding provided to states from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Thumbs up to Colorado for increasing the allocation to tobacco prevention and cessation programs by over $15 million in FY2013.
Overview of State Smoking Restrictions
- Government Workplaces: Prohibited
- Private Workplaces: Prohibited (non-public workplaces with three or fewer employees exempt)
- Schools: Prohibited
- Childcare Facilities: Prohibited
- Restaurants: Prohibited
- Bars: Prohibited (allowed in cigar-tobacco bars)
- Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Prohibited (tribal establishments exempt)
- Retail Stores: Prohibited
- Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
- Penalties: Yes
- Enforcement: Yes
- Preemption: No
Citation: COLO. REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 25-14-201 et seq. (2008).
- Tax rate per pack of 20: 84 cents
Overview of State Cessation Coverage
State Medicaid Program:
- Medications: All health plans cover Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban); coverage for NRT Gum, NRT Patch, NRT Nasal spray, NRT Inhaler and NRT Lozenge vary by health plan
- Counseling: All plans cover phone counseling; Individual and Group counseling covered for pregnant women only
- Barriers to Coverage: No health plans require lifetime limits on quit attempts; all other barriers to coverage vary by health plan*
State Employee Health Plan(s):
- Medications: Coverage of NRT Gum and NRT Patch varies by health plan
- Counseling: Coverage of group, individual, online and phone counseling varies by health plan
- Barriers to Coverage: Some plans have limits on duration
- Investment Per Smoker: $4.53; CDC recommends an investment of $10.53/smoker
Other Cessation Provisions:
- Private Insurance Mandate: Yes
Citation: See State Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.
*Barriers could include: Limits on duration, annual limits on quit attempts, requiring prior authorization, requiring co-payments, requiring using one or more cessation treatments before using others and/or requiring counseling to get medications.