Did YOUR state make the grade? LOUISIANA

  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • C

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • D

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Tobacco 21

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

  1. Strengthen the existing statewide smokefree law to include bar and casino worker protections;
  2. Ensure smokefree protections for all bars and casino workers in all municipalities; and
  3. Sustain tobacco prevention and cessation funding.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2020 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $5,150,081
  • FY2020 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,117,775*
  • FY2020 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $6,267,856
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $59,600,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 10.5%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $449,900,000

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

Overall Grade:

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: No provision
  • Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Restricted (tribal establishments exempt)
  • Retail Stores: Prohibited
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
  • E-Cigarettes Included: No
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: No

Citation: LA REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 40:1291.1 to 1291.24 (2015).

*Note: The Smokefree Air grade only examines state tobacco control law and does not reflect local smokefree ordinances. Louisiana has made great strides in protecting people from secondhand smoke by passing comprehensive local smokefree ordinances that cover 28.1% of the state's population.

Overall Grade:

C

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Tobacco Taxes

$1.08

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: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on Dissolvable Tobacco Products: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes

Overall Grade:

F

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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

State Medicaid Program:

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

State Employee Health Plan(s):

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

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $1.50; the median investment per smoker is $2.14

Other Cessation Provisions:

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

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

Overall Grade:

D

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Tobacco 21

Minimum Age:

  • Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products: 18

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F

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