Did YOUR state make the grade? VIRGINIA

  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • F

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • F

    Access to Cessation Services

  • D

    Tobacco 21

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

  1. Strengthen the existing Tobacco 21 law by removing the active military exemption and the purchase, use and possession penalties;
  2. Increase the cigarette tax by at least $1.00 per pack; and
  3. Fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs at the level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2020 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $9,717,356
  • FY2020 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,299,737*
  • FY2020 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $11,017,093
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $91,600,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 12.0%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $299,400,000

*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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Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

  • Government Workplaces: Restricted
  • Private Workplaces: No provision
  • Schools: Prohibited (public schools only)
  • Childcare Facilities: Prohibited (excludes home-based child care providers)
  • Restaurants: Restricted
  • Bars: Restricted
  • Casinos/Gaming Establishments: No provision
  • Retail Stores: Restricted
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Restricted
  • E-Cigarettes Included: No
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: Yes

Citation: VA. CODE ANN. §§ 15.2-2820 to 15.2-2828 (2009).

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F

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Tobacco Taxes

30 cents

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

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Thumbs down for Virginia for having the second lowest cigarette tax in the country at 30 cents per pack.

Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

State Medicaid Program:

  • Medications: Some medications are covered
  • Counseling: Minimal 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: $0.42; 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 Virginia Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

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F

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Tobacco 21

Minimum Age:

  • Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products: 21

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D

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