BUT INDIANA ALSO spends just $7.7 million for state tobacco control programs when the Center for Disease Control recommends $78 million on such programs. We agree that Indiana needs to make a greater investment in tobacco/health education and smoking cessation initiatives. We also believe that individuals must take responsibility for themselves, especially families with small children in their homes and cars. It infuriates us any time we pull up next to a car and inside the adults are smoking and the children are belted in the backseat.
Talk to a pediatrician and they’re likely to tell you that many of their unhealthiest patients come from homes where the adults smoke in the house or car — otherwise preventable poor health situations. Those adults should be accountable for their actions.
So, like the American Lung Association’s report, we urge both elected officials and regular citizens in Indiana to renew a commitment to “eliminate tobacco-caused death and disease.” Seems more than logical to us.