Did your state make the grade?
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding Smokefree Air Tobacco Taxes Access to Cessation Services Flavored Tobacco Products
F F F B F
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding F
Smokefree Air F
Tobacco Taxes F
Access to Cessation Services B
Flavored Tobacco Products F

The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by South Carolina's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:

  1. Oppose all forms of preemption of local tobacco control authority;
  2. Defend state funding of $5 million for tobacco control programs and ensure that funding is spent according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs; and
  3. Support the licensing of all tobacco retailers, including electronic cigarette retailers.

South Carolina Information

Learn more about your state specific legislation regarding efforts toward effective Tobacco Control.

South Carolina Information

Learn more about your state specific legislation regarding efforts towards effective Tobacco Control.

Highlights Laws & Policies
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

Overall Grade F
FY2022 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs:$5,000,000
FY2022 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$1,720,878*
FY2022 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$6,720,878
CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation:$51,000,000
Percentage of CDC Recommended Level:13.2%
State Tobacco-Related Revenue:$229,900,000

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

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Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

Overall Grade F
FY2022 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs:$5,000,000
FY2022 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$1,720,878*
FY2022 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs:$6,720,878
CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation:$51,000,000
Percentage of CDC Recommended Level:13.2%
State Tobacco-Related Revenue:$229,900,000

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

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Smokefree Air

Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

Overall Grade F
Government Workplaces:Restricted
Private Workplaces:No provision
Schools:Restricted
Childcare Facilities:Prohibited
Restaurants:No provision
Bars:No provision
Casinos/Gaming Establishments:N/A
Retail Stores:No provision
Recreational/Cultural Facilities:Restricted
E-Cigarettes Included:Only in K-12 Schools and on School Property
Penalties:Yes
Enforcement:Yes
Preemption/Local Opt-Out:No

Citation: S.C. CODE ANN. §§ 44-95-10 et seq. & 59-1-380 (2019).

*Note: The Smokefree Air grade only examines state law and does not reflect local smokefree ordinances. South Carolina has made great strides in protecting people from secondhand smoke by passing comprehensive local smokefree ordinances that cover 32% of the state's population.

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Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

Overall Grade F
Government Workplaces:Restricted
Private Workplaces:No provision
Schools:Restricted
Childcare Facilities:Prohibited
Restaurants:No provision
Bars:No provision
Casinos/Gaming Establishments:N/A
Retail Stores:No provision
Recreational/Cultural Facilities:Restricted
E-Cigarettes Included:Only in K-12 Schools and on School Property
Penalties:Yes
Enforcement:Yes
Preemption/Local Opt-Out:No

Citation: S.C. CODE ANN. §§ 44-95-10 et seq. & 59-1-380 (2019).

*Note: The Smokefree Air grade only examines state law and does not reflect local smokefree ordinances. South Carolina has made great strides in protecting people from secondhand smoke by passing comprehensive local smokefree ordinances that cover 32% of the state's population.

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Tobacco Taxes

Tobacco Taxes

Overall Grade F
Cigarette Tax per pack of 20:$0.57
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: No
Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco:Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No
Tax on E-Cigarettes:Equalized: N/A; Weight-Based: N/A

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Tobacco Taxes

Overall Grade F
Cigarette Tax per pack of 20:$0.57
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: No
Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco:Equalized: No; Weight-Based: No
Tax on E-Cigarettes:Equalized: N/A; Weight-Based: N/A

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Access to Cessation Services

Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

Overall Grade B
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:No
State Employee Health Plan(s):
Medications:Some medications are covered
Counseling:Some counseling is covered
Barriers to Coverage:Some barriers exist to access care
State Quitline:
Investment per Smoker:$4.98; the median investment per smoker is $2.41
Other Cessation Provisions:
Private Insurance Mandate:No provision
Tobacco Surcharge:Prohibits tobacco surcharges

Citation: See South Carolina Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

Overall Grade B
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:No
State Employee Health Plan(s):
Medications:Some medications are covered
Counseling:Some counseling is covered
Barriers to Coverage:Some barriers exist to access care
State Quitline:
Investment per Smoker:$4.98; the median investment per smoker is $2.41
Other Cessation Provisions:
Private Insurance Mandate:No provision
Tobacco Surcharge:Prohibits tobacco surcharges

Citation: See South Carolina Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

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

Flavored Tobacco Products

Flavored Tobacco Products

Overall Grade F
Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products: No state law or regulation

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Flavored Tobacco Products

Overall Grade F
Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products: No state law or regulation

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