one of the most effective ways to improve health is to reduce the number of hoosiers who smoke and prevent kids from ever starting.
Indiana consistently ranks toward the bottom among states for smoking, overall health, and public health funding. While Indiana has made great gains in attracting new businesses, the state’s poor health rankings are holding us back from achieving even more success. Companies and site selectors consider workforce health when making decisions to locate or expand in the state, and Indiana could be missing out on valuable opportunities due to a lack of focus on health and smoking prevention and cessation.
We must do more to build Indiana’s reputation as not only a great state to do business, but one that demonstrates that its citizens and leadership care about their health. One of the most effective ways to improve health is to reduce the number of Hoosiers who smoke and prevent kids from ever starting.
Increasing the price of cigarettes is one of the most effective ways to decrease smoking rates in Indiana, especially among youth. The Raise It for Health campaign is seeking to raise the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack to save lives and money. Increasing the cigarette tax by $1.50 in Indiana would also result in approximately $300 million in additional state revenue annually.
the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack.
tobacco prevention and cessation funding to $35 million.
health care costs for Hoosiers.
IMPACT OF SMOKING
ON HOOSIER HEALTH
The Raise it for Health campaign is focused on raising the cigarette tax by $1.50, restoring tobacco prevention and cessation funding to $35 million, and reducing health care costs for Hoosiers.
Indiana ranks 39 among states in overall health. Smoking is a primary factor for the low ranking.
OVER 1 MILLION ADULTS in Indiana smoke. That’s more than 1 in every 5 Hoosiers.
Every year, smoking costs Indiana $3.17 BILLION in lost productivity and $2.9 BILLION in health care expenses.
A $1.50 increase in the cigarette tax in Indiana will raise over $300 MILLION in projected annual revenue. Raising prices is one of the most effective ways to reduce smoking.
SUPPORT A HEALTHIER INDIANA
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, “research concludes that cigarette smoking is a significant predictor of both the possibility and the frequency of other drug use. This research suggests that higher cigarette prices, by discouraging smoking among youth, could significantly reduce youth and adult drinking and illicit drug use.”
Another study indicated that 95% of opioid-dependent clients (including heroin addicts) were also addicted smokers.
In 2015, 529 Hoosiers died from opioid overdoses. More than 11,000 Hoosiers died from smoking-caused illnesses.
We can fight this addiction crisis by raising the cigarette tax by $1.50.