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‘Smoker’s bill of rights’ repeal clears the House

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would repeal the “Smoker’s Bill of Rights” passed the House Monday and now moves onto the Senate. The Smoker’s Bill of Rights prevents companies from screening potential hires for tobacco use, which has been linked to illness and decreased productivity. The bill of rights also prevents […]

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Bill to raise the smoking age, cigarette tax advances

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are looking into a bill that would raise the cigarette tax and legal smoking age as a way to curb the state’s tobacco habit.   The author of House Bill 1578, Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, R-Beech Grove, said the measure aims to: Raise the cigarette tax up to $2.49 depending […]

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Health leaders want to raise cigarette tax, smoking age

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A coalition of Indiana health and business professionals is asking lawmakers to raise the cigarette tax and the legal smoking age with the goal of improving the health of Hoosiers. “If Indiana was a patient, we would say that she in critical condition,” Anthem President Rob Hillman said. In […]