Did your state make the grade?
  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • A

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • F

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Flavored Tobacco Products


The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by Kansas' elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:
1. Increase the cigarette tax by at least $1.00 per pack and equalize the tax for all tobacco products including e-cigarettes with the cigarette tax;
2. Prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol;
3. Maintain state funding for tobacco control programs and ensure that funding is spent according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2021 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $1,001,960
  • FY2021 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,450,591*
  • FY2021 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,452,551
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $27,900,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 8.8%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $185,100,000

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

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F

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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: Restricted (casino floors and tribal establishments exempt)
  • Retail Stores: Prohibited
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
  • E-Cigarettes Included: No
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: No

Citation: KAN. STAT. ANN. §§ 21-6109 to 21-6116 (2015).

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A

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Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Taxes

  • $1.29
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

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F

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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

State Medicaid Program:

  • Medications: All 7 medications are covered
  • Counseling: All 3 forms of counseling are covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Minimal barriers exist to access coverage
  • Medicaid Expansion: No

State Employee Health Plan(s):

  • Medications: All 7 medications are covered
  • Counseling: No counseling is covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: No barriers to access coverage

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $0.36; 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.

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Thumbs up for Kansas for providing comprehensive coverage for all tobacco cessation medications and types of counseling to Medicaid enrollees with limited barriers.

Flavored Tobacco Products

Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products:

  • No state law or regulation

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