Did your state make the grade?
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding Smokefree Air Tobacco Taxes Access to Cessation Services Flavored Tobacco Products
F C F D F
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding F
Smokefree Air C
Tobacco Taxes F
Access to Cessation Services D
Flavored Tobacco Products F

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. Ensure continued access to tobacco cessation services for all those who want to quit smoking, including comprehensive coverage for cessation services under Medicaid;
  2. Allocate state funding of $14.6 million for the Arkansas Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program and ensure that funding is spent according to CDC's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs;
  3. Repeal state preemption of local tobacco control authority.

Arkansas Information

Learn more about your state specific legislation regarding efforts toward effective Tobacco Control.

Arkansas Information

Learn more about your state specific legislation regarding efforts towards effective Tobacco Control.

Highlights Laws & Policies
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

Overall Grade F
FY2022 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs:$12,040,814
FY2022 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$1,522,930*
FY2022 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$13,563,744
CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation:$36,700,000
Percentage of CDC Recommended Level:37.0%
State Tobacco-Related Revenue:$284,000,000

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

Note: The Arkansas Legislature appropriated $14,696,572 to the Arkansas Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, however, only $12,040,814 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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Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

Overall Grade F
FY2022 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs:$12,040,814
FY2022 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$1,522,930*
FY2022 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$13,563,744
CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation:$36,700,000
Percentage of CDC Recommended Level:37.0%
State Tobacco-Related Revenue:$284,000,000

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

Note: The Arkansas Legislature appropriated $14,696,572 to the Arkansas Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, however, only $12,040,814 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

Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

Overall Grade C
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:Only in K-12 Schools & Some Colleges
Penalties:Yes
Enforcement:Yes
Preemption/Local Opt-Out:No

Citation: ARK. CODE ANN. §§ 20-27-1801 et seq. (2019).

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

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Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

Overall Grade C
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:Only in K-12 Schools & Some Colleges
Penalties:Yes
Enforcement:Yes
Preemption/Local Opt-Out:No

Citation: ARK. CODE ANN. §§ 20-27-1801 et seq. (2019).

* 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

Tobacco Taxes

Overall Grade F
Cigarette Tax per pack of 20:$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 E-Cigarettes:Equalized: N/A; Weight-Based: N/A

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Tobacco Taxes

Overall Grade F
Cigarette Tax per pack of 20:$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 E-Cigarettes:Equalized: N/A; Weight-Based: N/A

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Access to Cessation Services

Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

Overall Grade D
State Medicaid Program:
Medications:All 7 medications are covered
Counseling:Some types of counseling are covered
Barriers to Coverage:No barriers exist to access coverage
Medicaid Expansion:Yes
State Employee Health Plan(s):
Medications:Some medications are covered
Counseling:Some types of counseling are covered
Barriers to Coverage:Some barriers exist to access coverage
State Quitline:
Investment per Smoker:$2.38; the median investment per smoker is $2.41
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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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

Overall Grade D
State Medicaid Program:
Medications:All 7 medications are covered
Counseling:Some types of counseling are covered
Barriers to Coverage:No barriers exist to access coverage
Medicaid Expansion:Yes
State Employee Health Plan(s):
Medications:Some medications are covered
Counseling:Some types of counseling are covered
Barriers to Coverage:Some barriers exist to access coverage
State Quitline:
Investment per Smoker:$2.38; the median investment per smoker is $2.41
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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Flavored Tobacco Products

Flavored Tobacco Products

Overall Grade F
Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products: No state law or regulation

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Flavored Tobacco Products

Overall Grade F
Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products: No state law or regulation

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