Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending
- FY2013 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $0
- FY2013 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,601,594*
- FY2013 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,601,594
- CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $119,800,000
- Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 2.2%
*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 down for New Jersey for providing no state funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs despite smoking costing the state $5.6 billion in economic costs each year.
Overview of State Smoking Restrictions
- Government Workplaces: Prohibited
- Private Workplaces: Prohibited
- Schools: Prohibited
- Childcare Facilities: Prohibited
- Restaurants: Prohibited
- Bars: Prohibited (allowed in cigar bars/lounges)
- Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Restricted*
- Retail Stores: Prohibited
- Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
- Penalties: Yes
- Enforcement: Yes
- Preemption: No
Citation: N.J. STAT. ANN. §§ 26:3D-55 to 26:3D-64 (2008).
*Smoking in indoor areas of horse tracks is prohibited by state law. Atlantic City, NJ where all the state's casinos are located, has an ordinance restricting smoking to 25 percent of the gaming floors of casinos.
- Tax rate per pack of 20: $2.70
Overview of State Cessation Coverage
State Medicaid Program:
- Medications: All health plans cover NRT Patch and Bupropion (Zyban); coverage for NRT Gum, NRT Lozenge, NRT Inhaler, NRT Nasal spray and Varenicline (Chantix) varies by plan
- Counseling: No coverage
- Barriers to Coverage: Barriers to coverage vary by health plan*
State Employee Health Plan(s):
- Medications: Covers all 7 recommended cessation medications**
- Counseling: Some health plans cover phone and/or online counseling
- Barriers to Coverage: No barriers
- Investment Per Smoker: Data not reported; 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 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.
**The 7 recommended cessation medications are: NRT Gum, NRT Patch, NRT Nasal Spray, NRT Inhaler, NRT Lozenge, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban).
Grading Note: Due to data to calculate a current quitline investment per smoker being unavailable, New Jersey was graded based on tobacco cessation coverage for Medicaid enrollees and state employees only.
Thumbs up for New Jersey for expanding the tobacco cessation medications available to state employees.