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Ohio Raises Smoking Age; Update on Sen. Young’s National Effort

Indiana, take note. Yesterday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state’s budget bill into law that includes a provision raising the state’s smoking and vaping age from 18 to 21; it takes effect in 90 days. Then, people in Ohio under 21 can no longer buy tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices and Juul pods. “Thank you to Governor [...]

2019-07-19T14:41:39-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Sen. Young’s Efforts With Smoking Reforms Are Encouraging

Recently, U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Indiana) – along with Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) – introduced the Tobacco to 21 Act, which is bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. Senator Todd Young at Carmel High School talking about his [...]

2019-06-19T11:29:43-04:00June 19th, 2019|

Chamber Encouraged by Sen. Young’s Efforts With Smoking Reforms

Recently, U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Indiana) – along with Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) – introduced the Tobacco to 21 Act, which is bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. “The nationwide epidemic of tobacco and electronic cigarette use among high [...]

2019-06-14T14:49:48-04:00June 14th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber’s Vision 2025 Report Card Details Unhealthy Economic Threat

The advantages that currently help Indiana maintain a competitive economic climate may soon not be enough due to several challenges outlined in the Indiana Chamber’s Indiana Vision 2025 Report Card. While progress is taking place on some of the education statistical measures as part of the long-term approach to future workforce needs, the results are simply poor and getting [...]

2019-06-14T14:40:42-04:00June 14th, 2019|

Legislators Ignore Facts and Snuff Out Smoking Reforms Yet Again

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law * PDF version available for printing * Despite this being a budget year, legislators could not be convinced to raise the cigarette tax. Nor could they be swayed to increase the legal age to 21 on tobacco products, contrary to the pre-session remarks by legislative leaders. Not [...]

2019-05-15T11:32:19-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Quick Hits: Hopeful Signals on Smoking Age Increase; School Accountability, Data Center Tax Exemption and Death-on-the-Job Penalty All Clear the House

Senate Bill 425 (Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco and E-Liquids), authored by Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport), did not receive a hearing in the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee before the deadline, but there is still room for optimism. The Chamber priority bill – previously passed via the Senate Health Committee – would have raised the legal age for [...]

2019-02-22T12:58:15-04:00February 22nd, 2019|

Chamber’s New Statewide Poll: Hoosiers Support Efforts to Reduce Smoking, Pass Bias Crimes Law

A new statewide poll of Hoosier voters shows strong support for two of the Indiana Chamber’s leading policy priorities for the 2019 Indiana General Assembly session. The Indiana Chamber and allies are advocating for improving health outcomes for smokers through increasing the cigarette tax by $2 a pack and raising the legal smoking age to 21. In the new [...]

2019-01-25T13:23:47-04:00January 25th, 2019|

New Statewide Poll: Hoosiers Support Efforts to Reduce Smoking, Pass Bias Crimes Law

(INDIANAPOLIS) — A new statewide poll of Hoosier voters shows strong support for two of the Indiana Chamber’s leading policy priorities for the 2019 Indiana General Assembly session. The Indiana Chamber and allies are advocating for improving health outcomes for smokers through increasing the cigarette tax by $2 a pack and raising the legal smoking age to 21. In the [...]

2019-01-22T11:25:46-04:00January 22nd, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Reacts to Gov. Holcomb’s State of the State Address

(INDIANAPOLIS) —  Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar comments on Gov. Eric Holcomb’s State of the State address: “We’re encouraged – as many Hoosiers are* – by the continued forward-looking approach taken by Gov. Holcomb and his administration. Investments to grow and attract Indiana’s current and future workers are required to allow our state to achieve at the highest [...]

2019-01-15T19:30:17-04:00January 15th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber: Cigarette Tax Hike Would Infuse State Budget Revenue Stream

(INDIANAPOLIS) —  As things currently stand, legislators won’t have much wiggle room in the next state budget – with most of the money earmarked to adequately fund increased Department of Child Services and K-12 education demands. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce hopes that such a tight squeeze may make a cigarette tax hike more appealing to legislative leaders and [...]

2019-01-03T10:24:25-04:00January 3rd, 2019|