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Did YOUR state make the grade? RHODE ISLAND

  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • A

    Smokefree Air

  • B

    Tobacco Taxes

  • C

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Tobacco 21

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

  1. Prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products; and
  2. Fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended level; and
  3. Ensure enforcement of the minimum age of sale of 21 for tobacco products.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2020 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $394,955
  • FY2020 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,651,504*
  • FY2020 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,046,459
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $12,800,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 16.0%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $196,900,000

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

Overall Grade:

F

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Thumbs down for Rhode Island for spending little state money on tobacco prevention and cessation programs despite smoking costing the state close to $640 million in healthcare costs each year.

Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

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

Citation: R.I. GEN. LAWS §§ 23-20.10-1 et seq. (2015).

Overall Grade:

A

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Tobacco Taxes

$4.25

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

Overall Grade:

B

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

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $0.97; the median investment per smoker is $2.14

Other Cessation Provisions:

  • Private Insurance Mandate: Yes
  • Tobacco Surcharge: Prohibits tobacco surcharges

Citation: See Rhode Island Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

Overall Grade:

C

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Tobacco 21

Minimum Age:

  • Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products: 18

Overall Grade:

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