The CDC suggests Indiana spends $73.5 million on tobacco prevention and control programs. How do you think we really stack up? Indiana spends about $1.10 per Hoosier on tobacco control programs ($7.5 million total) compared to the $42 per Hoosier tobacco companies spend on marketing alone ($227.2 million total).
If Indiana brings in $568 million in tobacco revenue every year, one would think the wise decision to protect health would be to spend more money in tobacco control to protect the health of Hoosiers. Each Hoosier household loses over $900 in taxes per year to pay for healthcare costs due to smoking-even if they don’t smoke. While smoking may be an individual’s choice, we’re paying for it. It would be in the best interest of all Hoosiers to take tobacco control measures and funding more seriously.