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Highlights: Indiana

In 2013, the American Lung Association in Indiana once again was a key advocate in fighting for effective tobacco control legislation at the Indiana General Assembly. The Lung Association serves on the steering committee for Tobacco Free Indiana and worked with coalition partners to sustain funding for Indiana's tobacco prevention and cessation program.

The 2013 legislative session was a budget year for Indiana and there was strong support amongst advocates and the public to sustain funding for Indiana's tobacco prevention and cessation program at $8 million per year for the next two years.

House Bill 1001, the two-year state budget put forth by the Ways & Means Committee of the General Assembly initially was introduced with funding for the tobacco control program at $8 million. The American Lung Association in Indiana was fully supportive of this measure and advocated to maintain this funding throughout the legislative process.

Indiana's new Governor, Mike Pence, also introduced his budget which had funding for the tobacco control program at $4 million, a 50 percent cut from the previous year's allocation. Governor Pence is a former U.S. Congressman who, according to public campaign finance reports compiled by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, has taken tens of thousands of dollars from the tobacco industry and accepted nearly $20,000 from the tobacco industry in just his first year of office as governor.

The American Lung Association in Indiana in partnership with the state tobacco coalition, Tobacco Free Indiana, hosted an advocacy day at the state Capitol, where more than 200 citizens from across the state gathered to advocate for sustaining Indiana's tobacco prevention and cessation program at $8 million.

Despite a successful advocacy day and grassroots efforts, House Bill 1001 was passed with funding for the tobacco prevention and cessation program at $5 million, a 38 percent cut. The American Lung Association in Indiana is deeply disappointed but we do feel we were successful in preventing further cuts to $4 million.

Additionally, a comprehensive smokefree bill was introduced in the 2013 legislative session, but unfortunately did not receive a hearing. This bill would have closed many of the loopholes in the 2012 smokefree air law.

Although the 2014 legislative session is not a budget year, the American Lung Association in Indiana will continue to educate lawmakers about the importance of adequately funding Indiana's tobacco prevention and cessation program and look for opportunities to strengthen Indiana's smokefree air law.

Indiana State Facts

Economic Cost Due to Smoking: $4,804,232,000
Adult Smoking Rate: 24.0%
High School Smoking Rate: 18.1%
Middle School Smoking Rate: 4.4%
Smoking Attributable Deaths: 9,728
Smoking Attributable Lung Cancer Deaths: 3,200
Smoking Attributable Respiratory Disease Deaths: 2,623

Adult smoking rate is taken from CDC's 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. High school smoking rate is taken from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System. Middle school smoking rate is taken from the 2010 Youth Tobacco Survey.

To Get Involved, Contact:

  • American Lung Association in Indiana
    115 West Washington St., Suite 1180 South
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • 317 819 1181

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