Did YOUR state make the grade? OHIO

  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • A

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • D

    Access to Cessation Services

  • A

    Tobacco 21

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

  1. Match the tax on non-cigarette forms of tobacco like spit tobacco, cigars and hookah to the cigarette tax;
  2. Prohibit flavorings for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes; and
  3. Increase funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs to bring it closer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation for Ohio.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2020 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $12,255,358
  • FY2020 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,794,936*
  • FY2020 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $14,050,294
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $132,000,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 10.6%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $1,270,900,000

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

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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
  • Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Prohibited
  • Retail Stores: Prohibited
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
  • E-Cigarettes Included: No
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: No

Citation: OHIO REV. CODE ANN §§ 3794.01 to 3794.09 (2006).

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A

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Tobacco Taxes

$1.60

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: Yes

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F

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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 types of counseling are covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Some barriers exist to access care
  • Medicaid Expansion: Yes

State Employee Health Plan(s):

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

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $1.46; 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 Ohio Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

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Thumbs up for Ohio for providing comprehensive coverage for all tobacco cessation medications and types of counseling with minimal barriers to Medicaid enrollees.

Tobacco 21

Minimum Age:

  • Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products: 21

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Thumbs up for Ohio for increasing its tobacco sales age to 21.

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