Did YOUR state make the grade? NEW MEXICO

  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • B

    Smokefree Air

  • D

    Tobacco Taxes

  • B

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Tobacco 21

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

  1. Maintain or increase funding for state's tobacco prevention and control program;
  2. Pass statewide licensing of tobacco product, including e-cigarette retailers; and
  3. Remove statewide preemption for tobacco product sales laws.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2020 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $5,488,699
  • FY2020 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $978,084*
  • FY2020 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $6,466,783
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $22,800,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 28.4%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $143,300,000

*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: Prohibited
  • Schools: Prohibited
  • Childcare Facilities: Prohibited
  • Restaurants: Prohibited
  • Bars: Prohibited (allowed in cigar bars)
  • Casinos/Gaming Establishments: No provision
  • Retail Stores: Prohibited
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
  • E-Cigarettes Included: Yes
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: No

Citation: N.M. STAT. ANN. §§ 24-16-1 et seq. (2007).

Overall Grade:

B

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Thumbs up for New Mexico for closing several loopholes and adding e-cigarettes to its smokefree law.

Tobacco Taxes

$2.00

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: No
  • Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on Dissolvable Tobacco Products: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No

*On July 1, 2019, the cigarette tax increased from $1.66 to $2.00 per pack.

Overall Grade:

D

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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

State Medicaid Program:

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

State Employee Health Plan(s):

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

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $6.04; the median investment per smoker is $2.14

Other Cessation Provisions:

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

Citation: See New Mexico Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

Overall Grade:

B

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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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