Did YOUR state make the grade? WEST VIRGINIA

  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • D

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • F

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Tobacco 21

The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by West Virginia'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; and
  2. Protect local control of smokefree air laws throughout the state.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2020 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $500,000
  • FY2020 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,516,720*
  • FY2020 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,016,720
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $27,400,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 7.4%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $235,500,000

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

Citation: W. VA. CODE §§ 16-9A-4 (1987) & 31-20-5b (1997); WV Div. of Personnel Policy, Smoking Restrictions in the Workplace (2004); WV CSR §§ 64-21-10 (1997), 64-21-20 (1997) & 126-66-1 et seq. (1998).

*Note: West Virginia has 58.9% of the state's population covered by comprehensive local smokefree workplace regulations. If a state has more than 50% of its population covered by local smokefree ordinances/regulations, the state is graded based on population covered by those local ordinances/regulations rather than the statewide law.

Overall Grade:

D

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Tobacco Taxes

$1.20

Other Tobacco Product Taxes:
  • Tax on little cigars: Equalized: No; 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

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: Substantial 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: No provision
  • Tobacco Surcharge: No prohibition or limitation on tobacco surcharges

Citation: See West Virginia Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

Overall Grade:

F

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Tobacco 21

Minimum Age:

  • Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products: 18

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