Did YOUR state make the grade? MAINE

  • A

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • A

    Smokefree Air

  • C

    Tobacco Taxes

  • A

    Access to Cessation Services

  • A

    Tobacco 21

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

  1. Enact legislation restricting the sale of all flavored tobacco products;
  2. Raise the cigarette tax by a minimum of $1.50 per pack; and
  3. Ensure that the tobacco control program is fully funded at the recommended level by the U.S. CDC in light of future year funding declines in tobacco settlement revenue.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2020 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $11,832,320
  • FY2020 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,451,142*
  • FY2020 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $13,283,462
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $15,900,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 83.5%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $188,200,000

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

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

Citation: ME REV. STAT. ANN. Tit. 22, §§ 1541 to 1545 (2015), 1547 (2007), 1580-A (2009) & CODE of ME RULES 10-144, Ch. 249 (2006).

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Tobacco Taxes

$2.00

Other Tobacco Product Taxes:
  • Tax on little cigars: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on large cigars: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on smokeless tobacco: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: Yes
  • Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on Dissolvable Tobacco Products: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No

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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 types of counseling are covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Limited barriers exist to access care
  • Medicaid Expansion: Yes

State Employee Health Plan(s):

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

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $21.53; the median investment per smoker is $2.14

Other Cessation Provisions:

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

Citation: See Maine 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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