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.
The Greene County General Hospital is one of the last hospitals in the state to prohibit smoking on its campus.
INShape Indiana is now its own department within the Department of Health.
The Indianapolis smoking ban exempts some specialized businesses.
The report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked all of Indiana's 92 counties.
Ellettsville officials could be putting the discussion on hold until a decision is made on the statewide smoking ban.
The General Assembly is taking up the bills that would change the laws on police entry into homes without a warrant and a possible statewide smoking ban.