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!