Grade Summary: New Mexico

Grade: F

Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending

  • FY2013 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $5,931,300
  • FY2013 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,730,538*
  • FY2013 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $7,661,838
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $23,400,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 32.7%

*Includes tobacco prevention and cessation funding provided to states from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Grade: A

Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions

  • Government Workplaces: Prohibited
  • Private Workplaces: Prohibited (non-public workplaces with two or fewer employees exempt)
  • Schools: Prohibited
  • Childcare Facilities: Prohibited
  • Restaurants: Prohibited
  • Bars: Prohibited (allowed in cigar bars)
  • Casinos/Gaming Establishments: No provision
  • Retail Stores: Prohibited
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption: No

Citation: N.M. STAT. ANN. §§ 24-16-1 et seq. (2007).

Grade: C

Cigarette Tax

  • Tax rate per pack of 20: $1.66

Grade: C


Overview of State Cessation Coverage

State Medicaid Program:

  • Medications: Covers all 7 recommended cessation medications*
  • Counseling: Coverage of individual, group and phone counseling varies by health plan
  • Barriers to Coverage: Some health plans require prior authorization, have limits on duration and/or have annual limits on quit attempts

State Employee Health Plan(s):

  • Medications: Covers all 7 recommended cessation medications*
  • Counseling: Covers individual, group, phone and online counseling
  • Barriers to Coverage: Co-payments required

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $6.05; 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.

* The 7 recommended cessation medications are: NRT Gum, NRT Patch, NRT Nasal Spray, NRT Inhaler, NRT Lozenge, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban).

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To get involved with the American Lung Association, please contact:

American Lung Association in New Mexico
5911 Jefferson Street NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
505 265 0732