Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending
- FY2013 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $8,371,777
- FY2013 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,907,480*
- FY2013 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $11,279,257
- CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $103,200,000
- Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 10.9%
*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: Prohibited (public schools only)
- Childcare Facilities: Prohibited (excludes home-based child care providers)
- Restaurants: Restricted
- Bars: Restricted
- Casinos/Gaming Establishments: No provision
- Retail Stores: Restricted
- Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Restricted
- Penalties: Yes
- Enforcement: Yes
- Preemption: Yes
Citation: VA. CODE ANN. §§ 15.2-2820 to 15.2-2828 (2009).
- Tax rate per pack of 20: 30 cents
Thumbs down for Virginia for having the second lowest cigarette tax in the country at 30 cents per pack.
Overview of State Cessation Coverage
State Medicaid Program:
- Medications: All health plans cover NRT Patch and Bupropion (Zyban); coverage for NRT Gum, NRT Nasal spray, NRT Inhaler, NRT Lozenge and Varenicline (Chantix) varies by plan
- Counseling: All health plans cover individual counseling; coverage for group and phone counseling varies by plan
- Barriers to Coverage: Barriers to coverage vary by health plan*
State Employee Health Plan(s):
- Medications: Covers NRT Gum, NRT Patch, NRT Inhaler, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban)
- Counseling: Covers phone counseling
- Barriers to Coverage: Limits on duration, co-payments required for some medications, prior authorization required in some instances and use of counseling required to get medications
- Investment Per Smoker: $0.42; 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 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.