A rally to raise Indiana’s per-pack cigarette tax was held at the Statehouse Wednesday.
The House budget included a $1-per-pack cigarette tax increase, to help cover a funding shift to pay for roads. The Senate got rid of that road funding shift and eliminated the tax hike.
Health advocacy groups gathered at the statehouse to urge lawmakers to treat the cigarette tax as a funding issue and a health issue.
Director of tobacco control and advocacy with the American Lung Association, Monique French, says raising the tax is a win-win.