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Lauren Chapman

An effort to raise Indiana’s tobacco tax failed during this year’s legislative session as well as other attempts to reduce smoking in the Hoosier state. 

Senate Committee Grapples With E-Cigarette Taxes

Apr 1, 2019
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Brandon Smith

A Senate panel is grappling with how – and how much – to tax electronic cigarettes.

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Lauren Chapman

A new initiative launched in Indiana will support women-led cancer research.

More women are entering the science field but still struggle to land in leadership positions. The new program from the American Cancer Society in Indiana will raise funds and awareness.  

E-Cigarette Tax Would Impact Small Businesses

Mar 11, 2019

A bill to tax electronic cigarettes in Indiana is moving through the legislature and some say the proposal needs work.

Raise It For Health Rallies At Statehouse

Feb 19, 2019
Hoosier teens rallied in support of raising Indiana's cigarette tax. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

  

People from around Indiana met at the Statehouse Tuesday to push lawmakers to raise the cigarette tax. The rally focused on the health benefits of such a measure. 

Early Screening For Colon Cancer Could Save Lives

May 31, 2018

The American Cancer Society has announced new recommendations for colon and rectal cancer screenings.  The new guidelines lower the age from 50 to 45, following a rise in cases in younger people.

The latest assessment from the American Cancer Society details where Indiana lags and what progress it’s made in cancer fighting policies. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network annual progress report evaluates state legislative efforts.

American Cancer Society’s Bryan Hannon says failure to pass a cigarette tax increase last session set Indiana back in reducing smoking rates. But he says a modest funding increase for tobacco control programs was a step in the right direction.

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More than 1 million people in the United States will get cancer this year, and doctors are treating a growing number of these patients with immunotherapy,  a method that works a lot like a vaccine. 

About 30 different immunotherapy medicines are FDA approved, a majority of them in just the last four years.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan reports on work being done in Indiana to help develop this emerging treatment.

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Cancer survivors and their families want Indiana to adopt a more coordinated approach to pain relief for cancer patients.

Most hospitals have palliative care specialists, but Aurmaudra Bradley with the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network says not everyone integrates pain relief into the treatment plan.

Bradley says some hospitals are better than others at recognizing the importance of palliative care.

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Cancer prevention advocates have long called for Indiana to raise its cigarette tax – something the state hasn’t done in eight years.  But this session, it’s not health concerns but a road funding priority that’s finally generating momentum for the controversial move.

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