Please note: Due to the holiday, there will be no Weekly Roundup on November 24, 2017.
Dean Paul Halverson Talks "Tobacco 21" with FOX59
Local health professionals held a town hall meeting Wednesday to educate community members about a new program called, “Tobacco 21.” Tobacco 21 is a national effort to raise the age limit to buy and use tobacco products to 21. Currently, five states and 270 cities across the nation have adopted similar policies. “It’s one of the most evidence based strategies we could take to actually reduce smoking in our state,” IUPUI Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Dean Dr. Paul Halverson said. “I don’t’ think anybody wants people to be addicted to tobacco in Indiana. If we can figure a way to reduce that particularly for our youth it would be great.” Dean Halverson presented to the group Wednesday and explained smokers cost the state of Indiana nearly $6 billion dollars a year, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. “For every pack of cigarettes sold in Indiana, we spend $15.90 both in medical costs and in lost productively,” he said.
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