Thumbs down: Hoosiers smoking more than most Americans
A new Ball State University study shows that more than 21 percent of Hoosiers claim to be smokers. According to the Center for Disease Control, that puts Indiana at 42nd worst in the nation as far as percentage of population that smoke. According to Global Health Institute Director Kerry Anne McGeary, 9,700 deaths occur each year in Indiana related to smoking. Despite these numbers, McGeary says things are getting better for Indiana. The number of smokers in the state dropped by 8 percent between 1996 and 2010. The Indiana General Assembly voted to enact a statewide smoking ban inside businesses. The ban takes affect July 1 and exempts bars and casinos.
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