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Did YOUR state make the grade? FLORIDA

  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • B

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • D

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Tobacco 21

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. Ensure strong implementation, compliance and enforcement of Tobacco 21 policies;
  2. Regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products; and
  3. Increase tobacco prevention and control funding to CDC-recommended levels.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2020 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $72,091,361
  • FY2020 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,550,239*
  • FY2020 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $74,641,600
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $194,200,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 38.4%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $1,534,100,000

*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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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.

Overall Grade:

B

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Thumbs up for Florida for prohibiting e-cigarette use in almost all public places and workplaces.

Tobacco 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

Overall Grade:

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: Minimal counseling is covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Some barriers exist to access care

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $4.52; the median investment per smoker is $2.14

Other Cessation Provisions:

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

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

Overall Grade:

D

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Tobacco 21

Minimum Age:

  • Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products: 18

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F

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