Did your state make the grade?
  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • B

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • F

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Flavored Tobacco Products


The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by Florida's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:
1. Providing clear authority and funding to the Comprehensive Statewide Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Program to engage in prevention and education around the use of electronic cigarettes for adults and youth;
2. Instituting strong regulation and licensing of all tobacco retailers, including electronic cigarette retailers, with annual compliance and enforcement; and
3. Ensuring smokefree protections for all workers and residents, including those who work in bar establishments.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2021 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $73,385,707
  • FY2021 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,843,664*
  • FY2021 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $76,229,371
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $194,200,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 39.3%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $1,508,100,000

*Includes tobacco prevention and cessation funding provided to states from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Thumbs up for Florida for constitutionally protecting the allocation of tobacco settlement dollars to its tobacco control program, so a consistent investment can be made.

Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

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

Citation: FLA. STAT. ch. 386.201 et seq. (2011).

** Smoking is allowed in bars that make 10% or less of their sales from food.

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B

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Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Taxes

  • $1.339
Other Tobacco Product Taxes:
  • Tax on little cigars: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: N/A
  • Tax on large cigars: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: N/A
  • Tax on smokeless tobacco: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on Dissolvable Tobacco Products: Equalized: N/A; Weight-Based: N/A

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F

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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

State Medicaid Program:

  • Medications: Some medications are covered
  • Counseling: Some counseling is covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Some barriers exist to access care
  • Medicaid Expansion: No

State Employee Health Plan(s):

  • Medications: All 7 medications are covered
  • Counseling: Some counseling is covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Some barriers exist to access care

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $4.27; the median investment per smoker is $2.28

Other Cessation Provisions:

  • Private Insurance Mandate: No provision
  • Tobacco Surcharge: No prohibition or limitation on tobacco surcharges

Citation: See Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

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Flavored Tobacco Products

Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products:

  • No state law or regulation

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