This week on Noon Edition, we'll discuss a proposed bill that would raise the smoking age and increase taxes on cigarettes.
The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana says reducing smoking became their first priority because it is linked to many other health problems.
The U.S. Surgeon General says a growing number of young adults are using electronic cigarettes, and many consider this a public health concern.
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.
Since Indiana's new vaping law took effect, the number of legal manufacturers went from well over a hundred…to seven.
The FDA says the rules are aimed at improving public safety and curbing teen use, but vape shops say they'll kill the industry.
A proposal lawmakers are considering would roughly double the state's cigarette tax.
Indiana hasn't raised its cigarette tax in eight years.
The AAP calls for a couple of steps Indiana has already taken, such as making e-cigarettes off limits to minors and requiring cartridges to be tamper-proof.
The attorney general's proposal would include e-cigarettes in the statewide smoking ban.