New research finds that in some low-income Indianapolis neighborhoods, the smoking rate is 29.4 percent, nearly twice the national average.
The partial Kokomo smoking ban allowed 21 and over bars and restaurants the option of allowing smoking.
Several cities around the state have local ordinances tougher than the statewide smoking ban adopted in 2012 that exempts bars and casinos.
This week on Noon Edition, we'll discuss a proposed bill that would raise the smoking age and increase taxes on cigarettes.
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.