Did your state make the grade?
  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • F

    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 Mississippi's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:
1. Increase funding for the Mississippi tobacco control prevention and cessation program;
2. Ensure smokefree protections for all workers and residents with the passage of a comprehensive statewide smokefree law; and
3. Increase Mississippi's cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2021 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $8,695,000
  • FY2021 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,289,734*
  • FY2021 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $9,984,734
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $36,500,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 27.4%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $248,400,000

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

Note: The Mississippi Legislature appropriated $20 million to the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Tobacco Control; however, only $8,695,000 is allocated for tobacco prevention and control activities. The Office of Tobacco Control is mandated by law to distribute funding to other agencies. The total funding amount above includes the activities of the Mississippi State Department of Health Office of Tobacco Control, Attorney General's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, A Comprehensive Tobacco Center.

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Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

  • Government Workplaces: Restricted
  • Private Workplaces: No provision
  • Schools: Prohibited (public schools only)
  • Childcare Facilities: Prohibited
  • Restaurants: No provision
  • Bars: No provision
  • Casinos/Gaming Establishments: No provision
  • Retail Stores: No provision
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: No provision
  • E-Cigarettes Included: No
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: No

Citation: MISS. CODE ANN. §§ 29-5-161 (2007), 41-114-1 (2010), 97-32-29 (2000) & MS ADMIN CODE Tit. 15, Part III, Subpart 55 § 103.02 (2009).

*The Smokefree Air grade only examines state tobacco control law and does not reflect local smokefree ordinances. Mississippi has made great strides in protecting people from secondhand smoke by passing comprehensive local smokefree ordinances that cover 30.4% of the state's population.

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Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Taxes

  • 68 cents
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: No
  • Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on Dissolvable Tobacco Products: Equalized: N/A; Weight-Based: N/A

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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

State Medicaid Program:

  • Medications: All 7 medications are covered
  • Counseling: Minimal counseling is covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Minimal barriers exist to access care
  • Medicaid Expansion: No

State Employee Health Plan(s):

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

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $2.37; 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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Flavored Tobacco Products

Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products:

  • No state law or regulation

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