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.
The study committee will recommend whether legislators should take the issues up during the next legislative session.
Legislators are considering whether stricter laws may be necessary to reduce Indiana's smoking rate and we profile openly gay South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found teenagers are apparently using e-cigarettes to smoke marijuana in addition to tobacco.
ISTEP, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and redistricting are among more than 40 topics assigned to legislative study committees this summer.