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Did YOUR state make the grade? CONNECTICUT

  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • C

    Smokefree Air

  • B

    Tobacco Taxes

  • D

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Tobacco 21

The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by Connecticut's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:

  1. Raise the tobacco sales age to 21;
  2. Provide state funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs; and
  3. Close the loopholes in Connecticut's indoor smokefree air laws.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2019 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $0
  • FY2019 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,180,091*
  • FY2019 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,180,091
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $32,000,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 6.8%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $500,800,000

*Includes tobacco prevention and cessation funding provided to states from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Overall Grade:

F

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Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

  • Government Workplaces: Prohibited
  • Private Workplaces: Restricted
  • Schools: Prohibited
  • Childcare Facilities: Restricted
  • Restaurants: Prohibited
  • Bars: Prohibited (allowed in tobacco bars)
  • Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Prohibited (tribal establishments exempt)
  • Retail Stores: Prohibited
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
  • E-Cigarettes Included: Partially
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: Yes

Citation: CONN. GEN. STAT. §§ 19a-342 & 31-40q (2003); 19a-342a (2015) and CT ADMIN CODE §§ 19a-79-7(d)(6) & 19a-87b-9 (1993).

Overall Grade:

C

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Tobacco Taxes

$4.35

Other Tobacco Product Taxes:
  • Tax on little cigars: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on large cigars: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on smokeless tobacco: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes
  • Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on Dissolvable Tobacco Products: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes

Overall Grade:

B

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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

State Medicaid Program:

  • Medications: All 7 medications are covered
  • Counseling: All 3 forms of counseling are covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Limited barriers exist to access care
  • Medicaid Expansion: Yes

State Employee Health Plan(s):

  • Medications: Some medications are covered
  • Counseling: All 3 forms of counseling are covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Some barriers exist to access care

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $0.15; the median investment per smoker is $2.21

Other Cessation Provisions:

  • Private Insurance Mandate: No provision
  • Tobacco Surcharge: Limits tobacco surcharges

Citation: See Connecticut Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

*The state quitline is using additional unspent funds carried over from past years. Those dollars have been excluded from this report as they were counted in a previous year's report.

Overall Grade:

D

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Tobacco 21

Minimum Age:

  • Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products: 18

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