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  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • F

    Smokefree Air

  • F

    Tobacco Taxes

  • F

    Access to Cessation Services

  • F

    Flavored Tobacco Products


The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by Virginia's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:
1. License tobacco product retailers:
2. Increase the cigarette tax by at least $1.00 per pack and create parity between the tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products; and
3. Fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs at the level recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2021 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $8,327,905
  • FY2021 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,761,391*
  • FY2021 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $10,089,296
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $91,600,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 11.0%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $416,300,000

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

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Smokefree Air

Overview of State Smoking Restrictions:

  • Government Workplaces: Restricted
  • Private Workplaces: No provision
  • Schools: Prohibited (public schools only)
  • Childcare Facilities: Prohibited (excludes home-based child care providers)
  • Restaurants: Restricted
  • Bars: Restricted
  • Casinos/Gaming Establishments: No provision
  • Retail Stores: Restricted
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Restricted
  • E-Cigarettes Included: No
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: Yes

Citation: VA. CODE ANN. §§ 15.2-2820 to 15.2-2828 (2009).

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Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Taxes

  • 60 cents
Other Tobacco Product Taxes:
  • Tax on little cigars: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on large cigars: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on smokeless tobacco: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes
  • Tax on pipe/RYO tobacco: Equalized: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on Dissolvable Tobacco Products: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes

** On July 1, 2020, the cigarette tax increased from $0.30 to $0.60 per pack.

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Access to Cessation Services

Overview of State Cessation Coverage:

State Medicaid Program:

  • Medications: Some medications are covered
  • Counseling: Minimal counseling is covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Some barriers exist to access care
  • Medicaid Expansion: Yes

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: $0.45; 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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Flavored Tobacco Products

Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products:

  • No state law or regulation

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