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New Study: Indiana’s Tobacco Control Efforts Woefully Underfunded

Comprehensive tobacco control efforts play a powerful role in reducing smoking as well as the health impacts and economic toll of high smoking rates. But Indiana woefully underfunds these initiatives, falling far below federal recommendations and dollars spent in other states, says a new report released by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Indiana devoted just $8.2 million in federal [...]

2018-06-15T13:50:57+00:00 June 15th, 2018|

Focus on Health This Summer

What’s the state of Indiana’s health? Unfortunately, it’s not good. In fact, Indiana ranks at the bottom in several health metrics. One of those is opioid abuse, which has received a lot of attention recently around the state. However, Hoosiers also continue to struggle with tobacco use and obesity (and diseases related to both), as well as high infant mortality rates. [...]

2018-06-29T13:01:30+00:00 June 12th, 2018|

Disappointments Overshadow a Few Victories in Health Care and Labor Relations

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law Simply put, it was one of the Chamber’s biggest disappointments of the session: The General Assembly failing to implement reforms to reduce smoking in Indiana. We knew the landscape going in but felt something positive could occur. Since 2018 was a non-budget year, that meant no one [...]

2018-03-30T11:49:04+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Not One for the Record Books

By Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO The Indiana General Assembly has a strong track record, over many years, of productive legislative sessions that have helped propel our state’s business climate to top 10 status in the country. The 2018 edition does not earn a spot on that list. Yes, it is more difficult to enact game-changing legislation in a [...]

2018-03-30T11:08:29+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Surprise Disappointment After Health Committee Passes Smoking Age Increase to 21  

Bill and Title: HB 1380 – Tobacco Products Purchasing Age Author: Rep. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) Summary: Raises the age from 18 years to 21 for prohibitions and crimes concerning the sale, purchase and possession of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Makes a corresponding change to the laws concerning e-cigarettes, tobacco retailer permits and admission to establishments where smoking is [...]

2018-02-02T13:50:11+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Statement on House Republican Maneuver to Kill Smoking Bill

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber  President and CEO Kevin Brinegar comments on the House Republican caucus deciding today to effectively kill House Bill 1380, which would have increased the state’s legal smoking age from 18 to 21: “The Indiana Chamber is extremely disappointed in the decision by the House Republican caucus to kill legislation aimed at reducing the state’s high smoking [...]

2018-01-30T18:01:43+00:00 January 30th, 2018|

‘Raise It for Health’ Rally Highlights Cigarette Tax Hike Push

On Tuesday, the Indiana Chamber took part in the “Raise It for Health” rally at the Statehouse to push for a $1.50 increase in the state cigarette tax. Indiana is among the very worst states for percentage of smokers – we are the 9th highest nationally. At the event, Chamber CEO Kevin Brinegar joined other Alliance for a Healthier [...]

2018-01-19T14:44:51+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Chamber Talks Workforce Needs, Impact of Opioid Addiction and Smoking

Three big issues expected to be debated in the General Assembly in the coming days and weeks are workforce needs, the opioid crisis and smoking rates. We’ve done so well recently from an employment standpoint that we've almost outstripped our ability to hire skilled workers since unemployment is so low in the state. It’s clear we need to raise [...]

2018-01-05T13:15:55+00:00 January 5th, 2018|

Short Session Starts With a Flurry of Activity

The Governor and General Assembly have continually heard from Hoosier employers on the need for a skilled workforce – and better aligning state programs with job demand. The good news is bills are being introduced to address those concerns. While only a handful of measures have been released to date, we are seeing legislation related to training tax credits [...]

2018-01-05T13:39:03+00:00 January 5th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Talks Workforce Needs, Impact of Opioid Addiction as 2018 Legislative Session Begins

(INDIANAPOLIS) — As the 2018 General Assembly gets underway, the Indiana Chamber is highlighting three big issues expected to be debated in the coming days and weeks: workforce needs, the opioid crisis and smoking rates. Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar says, “We’ve done so well recently from an employment standpoint that we've almost outstripped our ability to hire [...]

2018-01-03T12:49:07+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|