New Plan Calls for Investing $360 Million in Increased Cigarette Tax Revenue in Hoosier Health

The American Heart Association has joined hundreds of other Indiana organizations and companies in the Raise It for Health campaign in support of a new plan to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $2 per-pack in the next state budget. The plan proposes to dedicate all of the increased revenue—$360 million in the first year alone—to urgent health causes facing Hoosier families and employers, including drug addiction, tobacco use and infant mortality.

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The campaign noted: "Investing in Hoosier health must be an essential component of Indiana's next budget. Raising the cigarette tax by $2 per-pack is a common sense way to address our high rate of smoking and raise revenue that can tackle drug addiction, infant mortality and help employers maintain a healthy workforce. If we can be a Top 10 state for business, we can be Top 10 for health, too.” 

Indiana currently ranks 38th in overall health and 49th in per-capita public health spending. The $2 increase would generate enough revenue to catapult our state into the Top 10 in health.

Can you take 5 minutes to fill out the Raise It for Health partner agreement and add your voice to this growing chorus of Hoosier health, business, youth and community leaders?  Let’s #raiseitforhealth and create a #healthierindiana!

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