Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending
- FY2013 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $7,561,535
- FY2013 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,762,552*
- FY2013 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $9,324,087
- CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $18,500,000
- Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 50.4%
*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 Maine for cutting funding to its successful tobacco prevention and cessation program by over $1.5 million from last year.
Overview of State Smoking Restrictions
- Government Workplaces: Prohibited
- Private Workplaces: Prohibited
- Schools: Prohibited
- Childcare Facilities: Prohibited
- Restaurants: Prohibited
- Bars: Prohibited
- Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Restricted (tribal establishments exempt)
- Retail Stores: Prohibited
- Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
- Penalties: Yes
- Enforcement: Yes
- Preemption: No
Citation: ME REV. STAT. ANN. tit. 22, §§ 1541 to 1545 (2009), 1547 (2007), 1580-A (2009) & CODE of ME RULES 10-144, Ch. 249 (2006).
- Tax rate per pack of 20: $2.00
Overview of State Cessation Coverage
State Medicaid Program:
- Medications: Covers all 7 recommended cessation medications* for pregnant women only
- Counseling: Covers Individual counseling
- Barriers to Coverage: Limits on duration, annual limits on quit attempts, lifetime limit on quit attempts using Varenicline (Chantix), prior authorization required for some medications, minimal co-payments required and use of some treatments before using others required
State Employee Health Plan(s):
- Medications: Covers all 7 recommended cessation medications*
- Counseling: Covers individual, online and group counseling
- Barriers to Coverage: Lifetime limit on quit attempts for group counseling, co-payments required and dollar limit for benefits
- Investment Per Smoker: $11.56; 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 Maine for eliminating coverage of tobacco cessation medications for all Medicaid enrollees. Coverage is provided to pregnant women as required by federal law.