Lung Association Applauds State for Improving Access to Help Hoosiers Quit Smoking
(August 1, 2019) - INDIANAPOLIS
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It will soon be easier and cheaper for Indiana residents to get help to quit smoking. Tomorrow, August 1, the Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana Family and Social Services Administration will implement changes to allow easier and more affordable access to tobacco cessation products for state residents.
The American Lung Association in Indiana applauds this move, and urges lawmakers to continue to improve policies that help Indiana residents quit smoking.
“Thank you to Governor Eric Holcomb, Dr. Kristina Box, and Dr. Jennifer Walthall for taking these important steps to help people who are ready to quit using tobacco. Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Indiana, so it is important for proven smoking cessation tools to be affordable and easy to access for all Hoosiers, and especially pregnant women,” said Nick Torres, director of advocacy for the Lung Association in Indiana. “We encourage our state lawmakers to continue this positive momentum and support more policy changes that are proven to encourage people to quit smoking, like increasing taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.”
Starting on August 1, Indiana residents will be able to purchase tobacco cessation products without an individual prescription. Additionally, expectant mothers in Indiana will receive tobacco cessation counseling at no cost.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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