The General Assembly passed a statewide smoking ban two years ago, but American Cancer Society officials want to further incentivize Hoosiers to quit smoking.
The American Cancer Society says Indiana's smoking ban isn't comprehensive enough, and the group is pushing for a tobacco tax increase.
A report from the American Cancer Society says Indiana's pain management policies have significantly improved. The state went from a grade of C+ to a B.
The current budget passed by the House cuts $3 million from the health department's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program.
A recent report shows Indiana spends $9.3 million on tobacco prevention programs, which is one-eighth of what a national health organization recommends.
The American Cancer Society says Indiana needs to improve its cancer prevention efforts.
The release coincides with the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
A comprehensive smoking ban in Indiana could save over $84 million in costs that currently go to treating smoking-related illnesses and complications.
More than 1,100 residents are expected to die from the disease this year.