cigarette tax

Indiana Health Goals Fall Short In Economic Report

Jun 12, 2019

Indiana has made strides in a plan to improve the state’s economic outlook but a number of health measures could be holding back progress.

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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. 

The work of the 2019 legislative session began in earnest this week as the governor unveiled his budget, lawmakers debated a revenge porn bill, and hate crimes bill advocates launched a new coalition.

Bryan Hannon chairs Tobacco Free Indiana and Raise it for Health. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

A new poll shows about 70 percent of Hoosier voters support an increased cigarette tax. 

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Lauren Chapman

Indiana lawmakers this legislative session will be urged by some to raise Indiana’s cigarette tax by $2. 

An estimated 20 percent of Hoosiers smoke – one of the highest smoking rates in the country. Anti-smoking groups say the state could to more to prevent addiction. A new report finds Indiana spends 10.2 percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended amount.

Pediatrician Emily Scott says raising the state tobacco tax will help reduce children's exposure to tobacco. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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A coalition determined to get Indiana’s cigarette tax increased by $2 a pack will make another push in 2019.

New Reports Calculate Lives Lost To Tobacco, Opioids

Oct 31, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

Two new reports from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation outline the loss of life in Indiana from two epidemics: tobacco and opioids

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One hot afternoon in June, in the parking lot of a dollar store in the near east side of Indianapolis, Kelly Davila sets a timer on her phone. It takes two minutes to walk from the Family Dollar store to a gas station convenience store - both places sell cigarettes. 

Senate GOP Eliminates Cigarette Tax Hike In Its Budget

Mar 30, 2017

 

Senate Republicans rolled out their version of the budget bill Thursday, one that diverges from the House budget in a few key areas.

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