Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending
- FY2013 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $275,000
- FY2013 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $3,044,925*
- FY2013 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $3,319,925
- CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $56,700,000
- Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 5.9%
*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: Restricted
- Childcare Facilities: Restricted
- Restaurants: No provision
- Bars: No provision
- Casinos/Gaming Establishments: No provision
- Retail Stores: Restricted
- Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Restricted
- Penalties: Yes
- Enforcement: Yes
- Preemption: No
Citation: ALA. CODE §§ 22-15A-1 et seq. (2003).
*Note: The Smokefree Air grade only examines state tobacco control law and does not reflect local smokefree ordinances. Alabama has made great strides in protecting people from secondhand smoke by passing strong local smokefree ordinances.
- Tax rate per pack of 20: 42.5 cents
Thumbs down for Alabama for having the fifth lowest cigarette tax in the country at 42.5 cents per pack.
Overview of State Cessation Coverage
State Medicaid Program:
- Medications: Covers all 7 recommended cessation medications* for pregnant women only
- Counseling: Covers individual counseling for pregnant women only
- Barriers to Coverage: Limits on duration, prior authorization required and counseling required to get medications
State Employee Health Plan(s):
- Medications: Covers NRT Gum, NRT Patch, NRT Nasal Spray, NRT Inhaler and NRT Lozenge
- Counseling: Covers individual, group, phone and online counseling
- Barriers to Coverage: Lifetime limit on quit attempts and co-payments required
- Investment Per Smoker: $1.11; 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.
* The 7 recommended cessation medications are: NRT Gum, NRT Patch, NRT Nasal Spray, NRT Inhaler, NRT Lozenge, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban).
Thumbs down for Alabama for not providing coverage of any tobacco cessation treatments to all Medicaid enrollees. Coverage is provided for pregnant women as required by federal law.