Did your state make the grade?
  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • A

    Smokefree Air

  • B

    Tobacco Taxes

  • C

    Access to Cessation Services

  • D

    Flavored Tobacco Products


The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by Rhode Island's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:
1. Tax non-cigarette tobacco products at a comparable rate to cigarettes and fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended level;
2. Extend the e-cigarette flavor restrictions to all flavored tobacco products including menthol; and
3. Prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and retail establishments that contain pharmacies.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2021 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $395,337
  • FY2021 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,336,688*
  • FY2021 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,732,025
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $12,800,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 13.5%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $188,400,000

*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 smoking bars)
  • 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: R.I. GEN. LAWS §§ 23-20.10-1 et seq. (2018).

Overall Grade:

A

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Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Taxes

  • $4.25
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: Yes
  • Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on Dissolvable Tobacco Products: Equalized: N/A; Weight-Based: N/A

Overall Grade:

B

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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: Minimal barriers exist to access care
  • Medicaid Expansion: Yes

State Employee Health Plan(s):

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

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $1.04; 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.

Overall Grade:

C

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Flavored Tobacco Products

Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products:

  • All flavored e-cigarettes prohibited in all locations

Overall Grade:

D

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