tobacco prevention

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.

Indiana Falling Short In Cancer Prevention Efforts

Aug 21, 2014

A new report from the American Cancer Society‘s Cancer Action Network says most states - including Indiana - are falling far short in the battle against cancer.

The report, now in its 12th year, says 75% of states aren‘t making progress in passing or strengthening policies that aid in addressing cancer issues.

The report says almost 36,000 Hoosiers will be diagnosed with cancer this year and about 13,000 of them will die from it.

Government Relations Director Brianna Herndon says Indiana scored well in only one of 12 benchmarks.

Indiana is poised to lose more than $60 million it was supposed to get from a landmark tobacco settlement in the 1990s.  That's money intended for health programs across the state.

The American Cancer Society and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids are among those calling on Indiana to spend more on tobacco prevention programs.  Currently, Indiana ranks 26th in the country in tobacco prevention funding with its $9.3 million appropriation for efforts this year. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend spending more than eight times that much. The state’s prevention funding has dropped nearly five million dollars since 2008.