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Highlights: Indiana

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. To address this enormous toll, the American Lung Association and its partners have committed to three bold goals:
1. Reduce smoking rates, currently at about 18 percent, to less than 10 percent by 2024;
2. Protect all Americans from secondhand smoke by 2019; and
3. Ultimately eliminate the death and disease caused by tobacco use.

The American Lung Association in Indiana recognizes that these bold goals will only be met in Indiana if the following actions are taken by our elected officials:
1. Raise the cigarette excise tax by at least a $1.00 per pack;
2. Pass a comprehensive smokefree air law that covers bars, taverns and casinos;
3. Increase funding for Indiana's tobacco control program.

The American Lung Association in Indiana fought for effective tobacco control policies during the 2014 legislative session. The Lung Association defended against attempts to weaken Indiana's current statewide law, which already has significant loopholes and also fought for a stronger smokefree bill to pass. Both fortunately and unfortunately, neither effort was successful.

On the positive side, smokefree efforts in Indiana have been building at the local level. Indiana saw success when two local municipalities strengthened their smokefree ordinance to include electronic cigarettes, including the Indianapolis Airport, which now prohibits the usage of e-cigarettes on all airport property, inside and outside.

Indiana's largest housing authority, the Indianapolis Housing Agency passed a new smokefree policy that made all housing agency apartments and units smokefree January 1, 2015. The American Lung Association in Indiana was instrumental in helping bring about this policy change.

The American Lung Association in Indiana looks forward to an active 2015 legislative session as we partner with a new tobacco tax coalition, Hoosiers for a Healthier Indiana, in advocating for a $1.00 increase in Indiana's cigarette tax and additional funding for Indiana's tobacco control program. Indiana's current tobacco tax of 99.5 cents per pack ranks 32nd in the United States, Indiana would have the 17th highest cigarette tax in the country with an increase of $1.00 per pack. The American Lung Association in Indiana will also look for opportunities to strengthen Indiana's smokefree laws at the state and local level in 2015.

Indiana State Facts

Economic Cost Due to Smoking: $4,804,232,000
Adult Smoking Rate: 21.9%
High School Smoking Rate: 13.7%
Middle School Smoking Rate: 3.7%
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 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. High school and middle school smoking rates are taken from the 2012 Indiana 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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