(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A new American Cancer Society report says a statewide workplace smoking ban in Indiana would prevent more than 40,000 deaths.
The society’s Cancer Action Network report released Wednesday claims a ban would also save over $84.8 million in health costs over the next five years.
A law could also persuade 65,300 Hoosier adults to quit smoking while 27,300 youths would never start the habit.
“Making all workplaces, restaurants, and bars in the state 100% smoke-free is the only way to protect all Indiana residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke,” the report states.
Indiana is one of just 15 states that have no smoke-free law. Proposals to enact a smoking ban have failed each of the past three years in the Indiana General Assembly.
You can view the entire report at http://www.acscan.org/tobaccoreports.