1. Ensure the full $5 million in dedicated tobacco tax revenue is allocated to tobacco prevention programs;
2. Protect South Dakota's comprehensive smokefree workplace law; and
3. Increase the tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products.
The South Dakota Department of Health along with national, state, and local partners continue to work together on a five-year tobacco strategic plan. The four goal areas of the plan include: preventing initiation of tobacco use, promoting quitting among adults and youth, eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups. Priority populations have been identified to include: American Indians, Medicaid enrollees, pregnant women, people with mental illness and substance use disorders, spit tobacco users, youth and young adults.
State funding for the state's tobacco prevention and control program remained at $4.5 million in fiscal year 2015, the same level as the past several years. When combined with federal funding this level is close to half of the level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
South Dakota has a well-funded quitline compared to other states, but coverage of treatments to help smokers quit under the state Medicaid program is one of the least comprehensive in the country leading to the F grade for Access to Cessation Treatments.
Sioux Falls was one of the sites for the launch of FDA's "The Real Cost" campaign targeting youth ages 12-17, at risk of smokeless tobacco use. In 2016, the campaign expanded to have a presence during games in Minor League Baseball including both the Sioux City Explorers and the Sioux Falls Canaries.
The coalition in South Dakota has strong roots in working together to support tobacco control best practices and will continue to work in 2017 to assure funding for the state tobacco control program is not reduced any further and promote increasing funding to the CDC-recommended level. Other priorities include protecting the comprehensive statewide smokefree law and education toward increasing the tobacco tax in the future.