The state legislature will consider a law to curb Indiana’s smoking rate, which is one of the highest in the nation.
The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana says reducing smoking became their first priority because it is linked to many other health problems.
The expanded South Bend smoking ban ordinance takes effect Tuesday after winning City Council approval in March.
The new rule aims to protect people living in low-income, government supported housing units from the harms of secondhand smoke.
Nearly a quarter of Hoosiers smoke – and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce says that costs the state nearly $3 billion a year in healthcare.
Tobacco use costs taxpayers, healthcare providers and employers $6.8 billion each year. The cost for opioid overdose deaths was $1.4 billion in 2014.
ACS CAN’s Indiana says Indiana’s low tobacco tax rates play into high smoking rates.
Although research is still new, a growing number of scientists say there are environmental dangers that linger even after people put cigarettes out.
In Indianapolis, the richest 25 percent of residents now live on average eight-and-a-half years longer than the poorest 25 percent.
The ruling overturned part of an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling which said the exemption for the off track betting facility violated the state constitution.