Did your state make the grade?
  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • A

    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 Ohio's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:
1. Increase the tax on cigarettes by at least $1.00 per pack;
2. Match the tax on non-cigarette forms of tobacco like spit tobacco, cigars and hookah to the cigarette tax;
3. Prohibit flavorings for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes; and
4. Increase funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs to bring it closer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation for Ohio.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2021 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $12,300,000
  • FY2021 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,395,137*
  • FY2021 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $14,695,137
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $132,000,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 11.1%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $1,257,700,000

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

Citation: OHIO REV. CODE ANN §§ 3794.01 to 3794.09 (2017).

Overall Grade:

A

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Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Taxes

  • $1.60
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: 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: All 3 types of counseling are covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: No barriers exist to access care
  • Medicaid Expansion: Yes

State Employee Health Plan(s):

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

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $1.24; 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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C

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Thumbs up for Ohio for passing a state law codifying 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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