Financial Toll of Smoking

In State News on October 4, 2010 at 10:30 am

Check out this article from Sunday’s Indianapolis Star: Financial Toll of Smoking Explored.

Smoking costs not just the smoker, but business, taxpayers, and our state as a whole. This is just one of many reasons that Indiana needs to continue allocating tobacco settlment dollars to the work of Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency, which provides cessation services to all Indiana residents through the Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW).

This year, Indiana received $135 million from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, and just $10 million was appropriated to ITPC for tobacco prevention work in our state. Research shows that tobacco control is a good investment for states; the more they spend on tobacco control, the lower the smoking rate, and the less they spend on tobacco-related healthcare costs. For more information about Indiana’s tobacco control programs, check out ITPC’s annual report.


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