Indiana offers health coverage to Medicaid patients for tobacco cessation programs, but anti-smoking advocates say that's not enough.
The average smoking rate for the country is 19.6 percent, while Indiana is 24 percent.
The Indiana Youth Institute says many factors contributing to high infant mortality are preventable, including smoking and obesity.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is proposing to repeal legislation that protects smokers from employment discrimination because of healthcare costs.
The money was supposed to be used for smoking cessation and other health programs.
The IU School of Public Health received a $900,000 grant to help the 17 percent of pregnant Hoosiers who smoke, quit.
Tobacco cessation efforts get $5 million in the current state budget, which is down from $8 million in the previous biennium.
Officials hope the state’s new smoking ban will help lower the rate.
An America‘s Health Ranking report puts Indiana 41st for overall health, considering a variety of preventable health issues including smoking and obesity.
A recent report shows Indiana spends $9.3 million on tobacco prevention programs, which is one-eighth of what a national health organization recommends.