Did your state make the grade?
  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • B

    Smokefree Air

  • D

    Tobacco Taxes

  • A

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Flavored Tobacco Products


The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by New Mexico's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:
1. Maintain or increase funding for the state's tobacco prevention and control program;
2. Increase excise taxes on tobacco products by $1.00 per pack or more; and
3. Remove statewide preemption for tobacco product sales laws.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2021 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $5,514,006
  • FY2021 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,111,214*
  • FY2021 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $6,625,220
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $22,800,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 29.1%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $134,200,000

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

Overall Grade:

F

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

Citation: N.M. STAT. ANN. §§ 24-16-1 et seq. (2007).

Overall Grade:

B

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Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Taxes

  • $2.00
Other Tobacco Product Taxes:
  • Tax on little cigars: Equalized: Yes; 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: No; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on Dissolvable Tobacco Products: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No

Overall Grade:

D

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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 barriers exist to access care
  • Medicaid Expansion: Yes

State Employee Health Plan(s):

  • Medications: Some medications are covered
  • Counseling: All three types of counseling are covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Some barriers exist to access care

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $5.66; the median investment per smoker is $2.28

Other Cessation Provisions:

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

Citation: See Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

Overall Grade:

A

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Thumbs up for New Mexico for providing comprehensive coverage for all tobacco cessation medications and types of counseling with minimal barriers to Medicaid enrollees.

Flavored Tobacco Products

Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products:

  • No state law or regulation

Overall Grade:

F

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