Health Finance Commission Holds Vote on Policy Recommendation for Smokefree Air

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – Oct. 28, 2010 – The Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air today praised members of the Indiana General Assembly’s bicameral Health Finance Commission who supported draft language for a bill that would require all public places in Indiana to be smokefree. A bill is expected to be introduced in the coming weeks by state Reps. Charlie Brown, D-Gary and Eric Turner, R-Cicero.

“We are grateful to the overwhelming majority of those in attendance at today’s Health Finance Commission meeting who voted in favor of comprehensive smokefree air legislation, but it is unfortunate that more lawmakers were not in attendance to allow the Commission to make a formal recommendation of smokefree air legislation to the full General Assembly,” said Danielle Patterson, chair of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air. “We are encouraged that Reps. Charlie Brown and Eric Turner will be introducing a comprehensive smokefree air bill without exemptions during the upcoming legislative session.”

Each year, more than 1,200 Indiana adult nonsmokers die from exposure to secondhand smoke. The workplace is a major source of secondhand smoke exposure for adults, and secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer among nonsmoking adults.i Furthermore, a 2009 report from the Bowen Research Center at the Indiana University School of Medicine concluded that secondhand smoke costs Indiana $390 million per year, or $62 per Hoosier.ii

“All credible evidence points to the facts that smokefree air will save lives and save the state money,” Patterson said. “The Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air and all partner organizations will continue to push for adoption of a comprehensive law that will help clear the