Did your state make the grade?
  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • A

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • D

    Access to Cessation Services

  • D

    Flavored Tobacco Products


The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by New Jersey's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:
1. Prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products;
2. Increase the cigarette tax and tax on other tobacco products by a significant amount; and
3. Expand the smokefree law by making all casinos smokefree.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2021 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $7,815,000
  • FY2021 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,776,865*
  • FY2021 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $9,591,865
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $103,300,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 9.3%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $854,200,000

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

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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: Prohibited (allowed in cigar bars/lounges)
  • Casinos/Gaming Establishments: Restricted*
  • Retail Stores: Prohibited
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
  • E-Cigarettes Included: Yes
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: No

Citation: N.J. STAT. ANN. §§ 26:3D-55 to 26:3D-64 (2017).

** Smoking in indoor areas of horse tracks is prohibited by state law. Atlantic City, NJ where all the state's casinos are located, has an ordinance restricting smoking to 25 percent of the gaming floors of casinos.

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A

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Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Taxes

  • $2.70
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 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: Minimal barries 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: Minimal barriers exist to access care

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $0.46*; the median investment per smoker is $2.28

Other Cessation Provisions:

  • Private Insurance Mandate: Yes
  • Tobacco Surcharge: Prohibits tobacco surcharges

Citation: See Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

*New Jersey's investment per smoker was calculated using the 2018 data for number of smokers

Overall Grade:

D

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Flavored Tobacco Products

Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products:

  • All flavored e-cigarettes prohibited in all locations

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