Did YOUR state make the grade? PENNSYLVANIA

  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • D

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • D

    Access to Cessation Services

  • I

    Tobacco 21

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

  1. Fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended level;
  2. Close loopholes in Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act and make all public places and workplaces smokefree; and
  3. Create tax parity between cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2020 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $15,146,000
  • FY2020 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,767,838*
  • FY2020 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $17,913,838
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $140,000,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 12.8%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $1,706,500,000

*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: Restricted
  • Bars: No provision
  • Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Restricted (tribal establishments exempt)
  • Retail Stores: Prohibited
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
  • E-Cigarettes Included: No
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: Yes

Citation: 35 PA. STAT §§ 637.1 to 637.11 (2008).

Overall Grade:

D

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Tobacco Taxes

$2.60

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

Overall Grade:

F

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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

State Medicaid Program:

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

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $1.30; 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 Pennsylvania Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

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D

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Tobacco 21

Minimum Age:

  • Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products: 18

*Pennsylvania earns an I for Incomplete grade because it has passed Tobacco 21 legislation, but it does not take effect until July 1, 2020.

Overall Grade:

I

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