Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending
- FY2013 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $64,289,944
- FY2013 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $3,164,145*
- FY2013 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $67,454,089
- CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $210,900,000
- Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 32.0%
*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 up for Florida for constitutionally protecting the allocation of tobacco settlement dollars to its tobacco control program, so a consistent investment can be made.
Overview of State Smoking Restrictions
- Government Workplaces: Prohibited
- Private Workplaces: Prohibited
- Schools: Prohibited
- Childcare Facilities: Prohibited
- Restaurants: Prohibited
- Bars: Restricted*
- Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Prohibited (tribal establishments exempt)
- Retail Stores: Prohibited
- Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
- Penalties: Yes
- Enforcement: Yes
- Preemption: Yes**
Citation: FLA. STAT. ch. 386.201 et seq. (2011).
*Smoking is allowed in bars that make 10% or less of their sales from food.
** If preemption were repealed Florida's grade would be an "A."
- Tax rate per pack of 20: $1.339
Overview of State Cessation Coverage
State Medicaid Program:
- Medications: Coverage for all 7 recommended cessation medications* varies by health plan
- Counseling: All health plans cover individual counseling; group and phone counseling coverage varies by plan
- Barriers to Coverage: Barriers to coverage vary by health plan**
State Employee Health Plan(s):
- Medications: Covers all 7 recommended cessation medications*
- Counseling: Coverage for individual, online and phone counseling varies by health plan
- Barriers to Coverage: Co-payments required
- Investment Per Smoker: $4.46; 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).
**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 Florida for expanding and making consistent the tobacco cessation medications available to state employees.