Highlights: IndianaIn 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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Did You Know
2014 is the 50th anniversary of the historic 1964 Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, which linked smoking to lung cancer and other deadly diseases for the first time.
A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that about 8 million lives have been saved through tobacco control efforts since 1964, including 800,000 lung cancer deaths between 1975 and 2000.
Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S., killing over 1,200 people per day.
Secondhand smoke kills almost 50,000 people each year.
28 states and Washington DC have passed laws prohibiting smoking in almost all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars.
New York has the highest cigarette tax in the country at $4.35 per pack.
Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the country at 17 cents per pack.
The average of all state plus the District of Columbia cigarette taxes is $1.53 per pack.
Alaska and North Dakota are the only two states that fund their tobacco control programs at or above the CDC-recommended level (in Fiscal Year 2014).
Massachusetts and Minnesota approved cigarette tax increases large enough to impact public health in 2013.
2 states – Indiana and Massachusetts – offer a comprehensive cessation benefit to tobacco users on Medicaid.
2 states – Alabama and Georgia – offer virtually no help with quitting to most tobacco users on Medicaid.
In 2009, the American Lung Association played a key role in the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco products.
The American Lung Association played a key role in airplanes becoming smokefree in the 1990s.
40 states and Washington DC spend less than half of what the CDC recommends on their state tobacco prevention programs.
States spend less than two cents of every dollar they get in tobacco-related revenue to fight tobacco use.
Each day, almost 3,900 kids under 18 try their first cigarette and more than 1,000 kids become new, regular smokers.
Each day, 3,000 kids try their first cigar.
Smoking costs the U.S. economy $263 million in direct health care costs and $266 million in lost productivity each day.
The five largest cigarette companies spent over $22.9 million dollars a day marketing their products in 2011.
The American Lung Association has been fighting smoking and tobacco use since the 1950s.
Smoking rates for Medicaid recipients are over 50 percent higher than the general population.
Only 4 states – Maine, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming – fund their quitlines at or above CDC-recommended levels.
A 2013 study of California’s tobacco prevention program shows that the state saved $55 in healthcare costs for every $1 invested from 1989 to 2008.
A 2012 study of Massachusetts’ comprehensive Medicaid quit smoking benefit found that Massachusetts saved $3 for every $1 spent helping smokers quit in just over a year.
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