Did your state make the grade?
  • A

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • B

    Smokefree Air

  • D

    Tobacco Taxes

  • C

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Flavored Tobacco Products


The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by Alaska's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:
1. Support and preserve funding for Alaska's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program;
2. Add electronic smoking products to tobacco tax and increase cigarette tax; and
3. Maintain Medicaid eligibility in the state to ensure access to care and quit smoking treatments.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2021 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $9,147,500
  • FY2021 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,235,056*
  • FY2021 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $10,382,556
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $10,200,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 101.8%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $80,000,000

*Includes tobacco prevention and cessation funding provided to states from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Overall Grade:

A

Help fight tobacco use

Take Action

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: N/A (tribal establishments only)
  • Retail Stores: Prohibited
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
  • E-Cigarettes Included: Yes
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: Yes

Citation: ALASKA STAT. §§ 18.35.301 to 18.35.399 (2018).

*Note: If the local opt-out provision in Alaska's law were removed, Alaska's grade would be an "A."

Overall Grade:

B

Help fight tobacco use

Take Action

Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Taxes

  • $2.00
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: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on Dissolvable Tobacco Products: Equalized: N/A; Weight-Based: N/A

Overall Grade:

D

Help fight tobacco use

Take Action

Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

State Medicaid Program:

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

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $5.98; the median investment per smoker is $2.28

Other Cessation Provisions:

  • Private Insurance Mandate: No provision
  • Tobacco Surcharge: No prohibition or limitation on tobacco surcharges

Citation: See Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

Overall Grade:

C

Help fight tobacco use

Take Action

Flavored Tobacco Products

Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products:

  • No state law or regulation

Overall Grade:

F

Help fight tobacco use

Take Action
Freedom From Smoking | Virtual Training
, | Aug 04, 2021
Freedom From Smoking Facilitator Training
, | Aug 11, 2021