Did your state make the grade?
  • F

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • D

    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 West Virginia's elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:
1. Fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended level;
2. Preserve local control of smokefree air laws throughout the state; and
3. Increase tobacco taxes and equalize rates across all tobacco products.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding

  • FY2021 State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs: $445,000
  • FY2021 Federal Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,204,734*
  • FY2021 Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs: $1,649,734
  • CDC Best Practices State Spending Recommendation: $27,400,000
  • Percentage of CDC Recommended Level: 6.0%
  • State Tobacco-Related Revenue: $234,400,000

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

Citation: W. VA. CODE §§ 16-9A-4 (1987) & 31-20-5b (1997); WV Div. of Personnel Policy, Smoking Restrictions in the Workplace (2004); WV CSR §§ 64-21-10 (1997), 64-21-20 (1997) & 126-66-1 et seq. (1998).

*Note: West Virginia has 59.3% of the state's population covered by comprehensive local smokefree workplace regulations. If a state has more than 50% of its population covered by local smokefree ordinances/regulations, the state is graded based on population covered by those local ordinances/regulations rather than the statewide law.

Overall Grade:

D

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Tobacco Taxes

Cigarette Taxes

  • $1.20
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 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: Some counseling is covered
  • Barriers to Coverage: Some 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: $0.64; 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.

Overall Grade:

F

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Flavored Tobacco Products

Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco Products:

  • No state law or regulation

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