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Did the Federal Government make the grade?

  • F

    FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • C

    Cessation Coverage

  • B

    Mass Media Campaigns

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. The American Lung Association has identified four key actions that federal policymakers must take to help ultimately eliminate the death and disease caused by tobacco use:
  1. Allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fully implement the Tobacco Control Act without political interference from the tobacco industry and its champions in Congress.
  2. Clarify and ensure that all smokers have access to a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit without barriers and copays.
  3. Ensure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tips from Former Smokers Campaign and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Real Cost Campaign continue.
  4. Pass legislation raising the minimum of age of sales for all tobacco products to 21.

Federal Highlights  |  Methodology

  • Rule Asserting Authority over All Tobacco Products: Rule Finalized
  • Product Standards for Tobacco Products: No product standard to reduce the toxicity, addictiveness and/or appeal of tobacco products proposed or issued
  • Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels: No warning labels re-proposed or finalized
  • TPSAC Menthol Report Implementation: No product standard on menthol proposed or finalized
  • Funding for FDA Center for Tobacco Products: Federal Government Funded under a Continuing Resolution through April 2017

Cigarette Tax:

  • Tax rate per pack of 20: $1.01
Other Tobacco Product Taxes:
  • Little Cigars: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: Yes
  • Large Cigars: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No
  • Smokeless Tobacco: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes
  • Pipe/RYO Tobacco: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes
  • Dissolvable Tobacco: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes

Overview of State Cessation Coverage

  • Medicaid Coverage: Partially Required
  • Medicare Coverage: Partially Covered
  • TRICARE Coverage: Covered
  • Federal Employee Health Benefits Coverage: Covered
  • State Health Insurance Exchanges: Partially Required

Thumbs Down for not releasing updated federal guidance on tobacco cessation coverage requirements (FAQ).

Tips from Former Smokers Media Campaign:
  • Reach: Meets target
  • Duration: Under target
  • Frequency: Meets target
  • Promotion of Services: Meets target
FDA "Real Cost" Media Campaign:
  • Reach: Meets target
  • Duration: Meets Target
  • Frequency: Meets Target
  • Promotion of Services: Under Target
FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products
  • Rule Asserting Authority over All Tobacco Products: Rule Finalized
  • Product Standards for Tobacco Products: No product standard to reduce the toxicity, addictiveness and/or appeal of tobacco products proposed or issued
  • Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels: No warning labels re-proposed or finalized
  • TPSAC Menthol Report Implementation: No product standard on menthol proposed or finalized
  • Funding for FDA Center for Tobacco Products: Federal Government Funded under a Continuing Resolution through April 2017
Tobacco Taxes Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Tax:

  • Tax rate per pack of 20: $1.01
Other Tobacco Product Taxes:
  • Little Cigars: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: Yes
  • Large Cigars: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No
  • Smokeless Tobacco: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes
  • Pipe/RYO Tobacco: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes
  • Dissolvable Tobacco: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes
Cessation Coverage Cessation Coverage

Overview of State Cessation Coverage

  • Medicaid Coverage: Partially Required
  • Medicare Coverage: Partially Covered
  • TRICARE Coverage: Covered
  • Federal Employee Health Benefits Coverage: Covered
  • State Health Insurance Exchanges: Partially Required

Thumbs Down for not releasing updated federal guidance on tobacco cessation coverage requirements (FAQ).

Mass Media Campaigns Mass Media Campaigns
Tips from Former Smokers Media Campaign:
  • Reach: Meets target
  • Duration: Under target
  • Frequency: Meets target
  • Promotion of Services: Meets target
FDA "Real Cost" Media Campaign:
  • Reach: Meets target
  • Duration: Meets Target
  • Frequency: Meets Target
  • Promotion of Services: Under Target
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