Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending
- FY2013 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $2,379,000
- FY2013 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,324,265*
- FY2013 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $3,703,265
- CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $21,500,000
- Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 17.2%
*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: Prohibited
- Private Workplaces: Prohibited
- Schools: Prohibited
- Childcare Facilities: Prohibited
- Restaurants: Prohibited
- Bars: Prohibited (allowed in cigar bars)
- Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Prohibited
- Retail Stores: Prohibited
- Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
- Penalties: Yes
- Enforcement: Yes
- Preemption: Limited
Citation: NEB. REV. STAT. §§ 71-5716 to 71-5734 (2010).
- Tax rate per pack of 20: 64 cents
Overview of State Cessation Coverage
State Medicaid Program:
- Medications: Covers NRT Gum, NRT Patch, Varenicline (Chantix) and Bupropion (Zyban)
- Counseling: Covers individual counseling
- Barriers to Coverage: Limits on duration, annual limit on quit attempts, prior authorization required for medications, minimal co-payments and use of counseling required to get medications
State Employee Health Plan(s):
- Medications: Covers all 7 recommended cessation medications*
- Counseling: Covers phone and online counseling
- Barriers to Coverage: Limits on duration, annual and lifetime limits on quit attempts, prior authorization and use of counseling to get medications are required
- Investment Per Smoker: $1.35; 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 up for Nebraska for expanding and making consistent the tobacco cessation treatments available to state employees.