State must fund tobacco fight
Want to know why health care is so expensive? Part of the answer lies in smoking statistics. Tobacco use costs Indiana more than $2 billion in health care costs annually, or more than $559 per Hoosier household, whether they smoke or not.
That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tobacco use directly causes a majority of the chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, respiratory diseases, type 2 diabetes and cancer, which costs the state $29.4 billion annually.
So one would think money spent to get people to quit tobacco would be money well spent. And you’d be right. But not according to our lawmakers who have slashed spending on anti-tobacco and smoke cessation programs in past years.