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

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

  1. Restore funding for the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program to $3.3 million and ensure that funding is spent according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs;
  2. Repeal state preemption of local tobacco control authority; and
  3. Support and defend local comprehensive smokefree laws, including e-cigarettes.

Kentucky Information

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

Kentucky 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:$2,000,000
FY2022 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$1,656,354*
FY2022 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$3,656,354
CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation:$56,400,000
Percentage of CDC Recommended Level:6.5%
State Tobacco-Related Revenue:$495,100,000

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

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Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

Overall Grade F
FY2022 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs:$2,000,000
FY2022 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$1,656,354*
FY2022 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$3,656,354
CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation:$56,400,000
Percentage of CDC Recommended Level:6.5%
State Tobacco-Related Revenue:$495,100,000

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

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Smokefree Air

Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

Overall Grade F
Government Workplaces:Restricted (prohibited in state government buildings)
Private Workplaces:No provision
Schools:Prohibited
Childcare Facilities:No provision
Restaurants:No provision
Bars:No provision
Casinos/Gaming Establishments:No provision
Retail Stores:No provision
Recreational/Cultural Facilities:No provision
E-Cigarettes Included:Yes
Penalties:Yes
Enforcement:No
Preemption/Local Opt-Out:No

Citation: KY REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 61.165 (2006), 61.167 (2004), 438.050 (2019), 438.345 (2019) & EXEC. ORDER 2014-0747 (2014).

*Note: The Smokefree Air grade only examines state tobacco control law and does not reflect local smokefree ordinances. Kentucky has made great strides in protecting people from secondhand smoke by passing comprehensive local smokefree ordinances that cover 37.8% of the state's population.

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Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

Overall Grade F
Government Workplaces:Restricted (prohibited in state government buildings)
Private Workplaces:No provision
Schools:Prohibited
Childcare Facilities:No provision
Restaurants:No provision
Bars:No provision
Casinos/Gaming Establishments:No provision
Retail Stores:No provision
Recreational/Cultural Facilities:No provision
E-Cigarettes Included:Yes
Penalties:Yes
Enforcement:No
Preemption/Local Opt-Out:No

Citation: KY REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 61.165 (2006), 61.167 (2004), 438.050 (2019), 438.345 (2019) & EXEC. ORDER 2014-0747 (2014).

*Note: The Smokefree Air grade only examines state tobacco control law and does not reflect local smokefree ordinances. Kentucky has made great strides in protecting people from secondhand smoke by passing comprehensive local smokefree ordinances that cover 37.8% of the state's population.

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Tobacco Taxes

Tobacco Taxes

Overall Grade F
Cigarette Tax per pack of 20:$1.10
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: Yes
Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco:Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No
Tax on E-Cigarettes:Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No

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Tobacco Taxes

Overall Grade F
Cigarette Tax per pack of 20:$1.10
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: Yes
Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco:Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No
Tax on E-Cigarettes:Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No

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Access to Cessation Services

Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

Overall Grade C
State Medicaid Program:
Medications:All 7 medications are covered
Counseling:All 3 types of counseling are covered
Barriers to Coverage:No 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:$0.83; the median investment per smoker is $2.41
Other Cessation Provisions:
Private Insurance Mandate:Yes
Tobacco Surcharge:Limits tobacco surcharges

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

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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

Overall Grade C
State Medicaid Program:
Medications:All 7 medications are covered
Counseling:All 3 types of counseling are covered
Barriers to Coverage:No 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:$0.83; the median investment per smoker is $2.41
Other Cessation Provisions:
Private Insurance Mandate:Yes
Tobacco Surcharge:Limits tobacco surcharges

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

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Thumbs up for Kentucky for providing comprehensive coverage for all tobacco cessation medications and types of counseling to Medicaid enrollees with no barriers.

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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