More than 200 local, state and national public health and faith-based organizations, including the ISMA, have formed the Tobacco Free Indiana coalition to help your patients with smoking cessation and prevent death and disease caused by tobacco products. This group was previously called the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air.
In Indiana, tobacco products exact a huge economic toll, but proven strategies can help adults quit tobacco, prevent young people from starting and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.
“Last year, Indiana received $590 million in revenue from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, yet we spent only $9.3 million – less than 2 percent – on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit,” said Lindsay Grace, campaign coordinator for Tobacco Free Indiana. “States that are investing more on those programs are seeing tangible results in reducing smoking, therefore saving lives and reducing healthcare costs. Indiana should be doing the same.”
The newly re-named coalition has identified the following priorities:
- Advocate for sustained, increased funding for Indiana’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program
- Promote high and equitable prices for all tobacco products
- Defeat attempts to weaken Indiana’s smokefree law and to promote harm reduction strategies
- Seek opportunities to protect more workers from secondhand smoke at state and local levels
Find more information about the coalition on their Facebook page.