Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending
- FY2013 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $7,170,101
- FY2013 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,079,892*
- FY2013 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $9,249,993
- CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $53,500,000
- Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 17.3%
*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: Prohibited
- Private Workplaces: Prohibited
- Schools: Prohibited
- Childcare Facilities: Prohibited
- Restaurants: Prohibited
- Bars: No provision
- Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Restricted (tribal establishments exempt)
- Retail Stores: Prohibited
- Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
- Penalties: Yes
- Enforcement: Yes
- Preemption: No
Citation: LA REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 40:1300.251 to 1300.263 (2008).
- Tax rate per pack of 20: 36 cents
Thumbs down for Louisiana for having the third lowest cigarette tax in the country at 36 cents per pack.
Overview of State Cessation Coverage
State Medicaid Program:
- Medications: Covers NRT Gum, NRT Patch, NRT Nasal Spray, NRT Inhaler, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban)
- Counseling: Covers phone counseling
- Barriers to Coverage: Minimal co-payments required, use of counseling required to get medications and other barriers that restrict access to medications
State Employee Health Plan(s):
- Medications: Covers NRT Patch, NRT Gum, NRT Lozenge
- Counseling: All health plans cover individual counseling; some plans cover phone counseling
- Barriers to Coverage: Barriers to coverage vary by health plan*
- Investment Per Smoker: $0.51; 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.
*Barriers to coverage could include: Limits on duration, annual or lifetime limits on quit attempts, requiring prior authorization, requiring co-payments, requiring using one or more cessation treatments before using others and/or requiring the use of counseling to receive medications.
Thumbs up for Louisiana for adding coverage of tobacco cessation treatments for its state employees.