Did YOUR state make the grade? ARKANSAS

  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • C

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • F

    Access to Cessation Services

  • C

    Tobacco 21

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

  1. Increase the state tobacco tax by at least $1.00 per pack and equalize taxes on all tobacco products including e-cigarettes;
  2. Strengthen and remove current exemptions in the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act and include e-cigarettes;
  3. Repeal preemption of local tobacco control authority; and
  4. Prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products including e-cigarettes.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2020 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $11,146,591
  • FY2020 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,060,283*
  • FY2020 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $13,206,874
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $36,700,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 36.0%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $279,400,000

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

Note: The Arkansas Legislature appropriated $14,674,420 to the Arkansas Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, however, only $11,146,591 is allocated for tobacco prevention and control activities. The Arkansas Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program is mandated by law to distribute funding to other agencies. The total funding amount above includes the activities of the Arkansas Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, tobacco prevention activities of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Program and the Arkansas Tobacco Control Board.

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Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

  • Government Workplaces: Prohibited
  • Private Workplaces: Prohibited (non-public workplaces with three or fewer employees exempt)
  • Schools: Prohibited
  • Childcare Facilities: Prohibited
  • Restaurants: Restricted*
  • Bars: Restricted*
  • Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Restricted
  • Retail Stores: Prohibited
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
  • E-Cigarettes Included: No
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: No

Citation: ARK. CODE ANN. §§ 20-27-1801 et seq. (2015).

*Smoking is allowed in restaurants and bars that do not allow persons under 21 to enter at any time.

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Tobacco Taxes

$1.15

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: 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

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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 coverage
  • Medicaid Expansion: Yes

State Employee Health Plan(s):

  • Medications: Minimal medications are covered
  • Counseling: Minimal counseling is covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Some barriers exist to access coverage

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $2.24; the median investment per smoker is $2.14

Other Cessation Provisions:

  • Private Insurance Mandate: No provision
  • Tobacco Surcharge: Limits tobacco surcharges

Citation: See Arkansas Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

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Tobacco 21

Minimum Age:

  • Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products: 21

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