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Did YOUR state make the grade? WASHINGTON

  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • A

    Smokefree Air

  • C

    Tobacco Taxes

  • F

    Access to Cessation Services

  • B

    Tobacco 21

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

  1. Increase state funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs;
  2. Prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes; and
  3. Defend smokefree workplace laws.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2020 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $2,132,505
  • FY2020 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $2,779,313*
  • FY2020 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $4,911,818
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $63,600,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 7.7%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $548,500,000

*Includes tobacco prevention and cessation funding provided to states from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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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 (tribal establishments exempt)
  • Retail Stores: Prohibited
  • Recreational/Cultural Facilities: Prohibited
  • E-Cigarettes Included: No
  • Penalties: Yes
  • Enforcement: Yes
  • Preemption/Local Opt-Out: Yes

Citation: WASH. REV. CODE § 70.345.150 (2016).

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A

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Tobacco Taxes

$3.025

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: Yes; Weight-Based: No
  • Tax on Dissolvable Tobacco Products: Equalized: No; Weight-Based: Yes

Overall Grade:

C

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

State Employee Health Plan(s):

  • Medications: Most medications are covered
  • Counseling: Most counseling is covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: No barriers exist to access care

State Quitline:

  • Investment Per Smoker: $0.41; the median investment per smoker is $2.14

Other Cessation Provisions:

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

Citation: See Washington Tobacco Cessation Coverage page for specific sources.

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F

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Tobacco 21

Minimum Age:

  • Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products: 21

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B

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