National RWJF SmokeLess States Program Helps Arkansas Raise Cigarette Excise Tax and Implement Tobacco-Control Efforts

From mid 2001 through mid 2004, the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas, with first the American Lung Association and then the American Cancer Society as the lead organization, conducted statewide activities to reduce tobacco use, particularly among children and youth.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program SmokeLess States® National Tobacco Policy Initiative.

Key Results

Among the results of the project are the following:

  • Arkansas increased its cigarette excise tax from 34 to 59 cents per pack.
  • Arkansas made headway in establishing smoke-free communities and facilities: Highfill, Fayetteville and Texarkana passed smoke-free workplace ordinances. Little Rock International Airport, the War Memorial Stadium, the Little Rock Zoo and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences implemented smoke-free policies.