Tobacco talk at the 2016 BGD Legislative Conference

It was a great way to start the morning as legislators listened to AHA volunteer and national expert Dr. Frank Chaloupka speak about the importance of raising the tobacco tax in Indiana. This panel is discussing tobacco and health issues at the 2016 BGD Legislative Conference.

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 Panel discussion


Last week “Raise It For Health”, an unprecedented coalition of healthcare, business, not-for-profit and education leaders launched a campaign to improve the health of Hoosiers by raising the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack and restoring annual funding for tobacco prevention and cessation to $35 million.

A $1.50 increase in the cigarette tax from 99.5 cents to $2.495 per pack is projected to spur nearly 58,000 Hoosiers to quit smoking, and prevent 49,000 children under 18 from becoming smokers.

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