Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending
- FY2013 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $2,134,200
- FY2013 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,896,628*
- FY2013 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $4,030,828
- CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $57,200,000
- Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 7.0%
*Includes tobacco prevention and cessation funding provided to states from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Overview of State Smoking Restrictions
- Government Workplaces: Restricted
- Private Workplaces: No provision
- Schools: Restricted
- Childcare Facilities: No provision
- Restaurants: No provision
- Bars: No provision
- Casinos/Gaming Establishments: No provision
- Retail Stores: No provision
- Recreational/Cultural Facilities: No provision
- Penalties: Yes
- Enforcement: No
- Preemption: No
Citation: KY REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 61.165 (2006), 61.167 (2004), 438.050 (1988) & EXEC. ORDER 2006-0807 (2006).
*Note: The Smokefree Air grade only examines state tobacco control law and does not reflect local smokefree ordinances. Kentucky has made great strides at protecting people from secondhand smoke by passing strong local smokefree ordinances.
Thumbs down for Kentucky for failing to pass a law in the 2012 legislative session that would have protected all workers in Kentucky from secondhand smoke.
- Tax rate per pack of 20: 60 cents
Overview of State Cessation Coverage
State Medicaid Program:
- Medications: All health plans cover NRT Patch; coverage for other cessation medications* vary by health plan
- Counseling: Coverage of individual, phone and group counseling varies by health plan
- Barriers to Coverage: Limits on duration, annual limits, prior authorization requirements and copayments vary by health plan.
State Employee Health Plan(s):
- Medications: Covers NRT Gum, NRT Patch, NRT Lozenge, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban)
- Counseling: Covers group and phone counseling
- Barriers to Coverage: Limits on duration, annual limits on quit attempts, prior authorization required for some medications, co-payments required and must receive counseling to get certain medications
- Investment Per Smoker: $0.50; CDC recommends an investment of $10.53/smoker
Other Cessation Provisions:
- Private Insurance Mandate: No provision
Citation: See State Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.
* These medications include: NRT Gum, NRT Nasal Spray, NRT Inhaler, NRT Lozenge, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban)