Tobacco Prevention Control and Spending
- FY2013 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $5,650,000
- FY2013 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,132,328*
- FY2013 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $7,782,328
- CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $27,800,000
- Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 28.0%
*Includes tobacco prevention and cessation funding provided to states from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Overview of State Smoking Restrictions
- Government Workplaces: Restricted
- Private Workplaces: No provision
- Schools: Prohibited (public schools only)
- Childcare Facilities: Restricted
- Restaurants: No provision
- Bars: No provision
- Casinos/Gaming Establishments: No provision
- Retail Stores: No provision
- Recreational/Cultural Facilities: No provision
- Penalties: Yes
- Enforcement: No
- Preemption: No
Citation: W. VA. CODE §§ 16-9A-4 (1987) & 31-20-5b (1997); WV Div. of Personnel Policy, Smoking Restrictions in the Workplace (2004); WV CSR §§ 64-21-10 (1997), 64-21-20 (1997) & 126-66-1 et seq. (1998).
*Note: The Smokefree Air grade only examines state tobacco control law and does not reflect local smokefree ordinances. All 49 local boards of health and several communities in West Virginia have policies or regulations of varying strength regulating secondhand smoke exposure.
- Tax rate per pack of 20: 55 cents
Overview of State Cessation Coverage
State Medicaid Program:
- Medications: Coverage for NRT Gum, NRT Patch, NRT Nasal spray, NRT Inhaler, NRT Lozenge and Buproprion (Zyban) covered for members enrolled in enhanced benefits package
- Counseling: Coverage for group and phone counseling varies by health plan
- Barriers to Coverage: Limits on duration and annual limits on quit attempts; prior authorization, co-payments, use of some treatments before using others and use of counseling to get medications required
State Employee Health Plan(s):
- Medications: Covers all 7 recommended cessation medications*
- Counseling: Covers individual counseling
- Barriers to Coverage: Lifetime limit on quit attempts and co-payments required for some medications
- Investment Per Smoker: Data not reported; 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).
Grading Note: Due to data to calculate a current quitline investment per smoker being unavailable, West Virginia was graded based on tobacco cessation coverage for Medicaid enrollees and state employees only.