Did your state make the grade?
  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • D

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • C

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Flavored Tobacco Products


The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by New Hampshire's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:
1. Raise the cigarette tax by a minimum of $1.50 per pack;
2. Provide increased funding for the New Hampshire tobacco control and prevention program; and
3. Defend against rollbacks to and close loopholes in smokefree laws.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2021 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $360,000
  • FY2021 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,103,155*
  • FY2021 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,463,155
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $16,500,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 8.9%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $256,100,000

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

Overall Grade:

F

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Thumbs down for New Hampshire for providing little state funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs despite smoking costing the state close to $730 million in healthcare costs each year.

Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

  • Government Workplaces: Restricted
  • Private Workplaces: Restricted
  • Schools: Prohibited (public schools only)
  • Childcare Facilities: Prohibited
  • Restaurants: Prohibited
  • Bars: Prohibited (allowed in cigar bars and allows for an economic hardship waiver)
  • Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Restricted
  • Retail Stores: Restricted
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Restricted
  • E-Cigarettes Included: Yes
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: Yes

Citation: N.H. REV. STAT. ANN. §§ 155:64 to 155:78 (2009) & 178:20-a (2010).

Overall Grade:

D

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Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Taxes

  • $1.78
Other Tobacco Product Taxes:
  • Tax on little cigars: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on large cigars: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: N/A
  • 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: 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: Some counseling is covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Some barriers exist to access care
  • Medicaid Expansion: Yes

State Employee Health Plan(s):

  • Medications: All 7 medications are covered
  • Counseling: All 3 forms of counseling are covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Minimal barriers exist to access care

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $2.42; the average 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.

Overall Grade:

C

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Flavored Tobacco Products

Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products:

  • No state law or regulation

Overall Grade:

F

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