Smoke Free Indy Offers Insight on Possible Cigarette Purchasing Age Increase to 21

According to the CDC every day in the U.S. 2,000 youth under the age of 18 try their first cigarette, and in 2018 nearly 1 in 5 high school students report using e-cigarettes in the last 30 days. Raising the age of purchasing tobacco products to 21 could help decrease youth tobacco initiation.

Click the link below to view the latest news segment Smoke Free Indy was feature on which gives our support for an increase in the tobacco purchasing age to 21.

Hoosiers react to possibility of smoking age being raised from 18 to 21

January 2019 Smoke Free Indy Coalition Meeting

Happy New Year Everyone!

This is a reminder that next Thursday, January 17th is our first meeting of 2019! The meeting will take place at  4012 North Rural St. Indianapolis, IN 46205 from 9am-10:30am. Please bring guests and feel free to share this information on your social media sites.

We look forward to making 2019 or best year yet and cannot wait to get started on a new year of opportunities, growth and change in order to make Indianapolis a thriving smoke-free city!

-Andi Miller, BSPH, CHES, Smoke Free Indy Chair

Raise It for Health Releases New Plan to Invest Cigarette Tax Revenue

On November 15, 2018, in observance of Great American Smokeout Day, Raise It for Health held a press conference event at the Indiana Statehouse in coordination with 14 local actions, to renew the call to Indiana lawmakers to raise the state cigarette tax by $2 per-pack and invest in Hoosier health in the next state budget. Bryan Hannon, Chair of Raise It For Health, says “If we can be a top ten state for business, we can be a top ten state for health and 2019 is the year lawmakers can help us get there with one powerful move—raising the state cigarette tax by $2 and investing the increased revenue—$360 million in the first year alone—in health”. Follow Tobacco Free Indiana on Facebook to read and learn more.

If you are interested in signing a supporter card to increase the tax on tobacco, click here.

Breaking News: Juul Labs Suspends Sales of Most E-Cigarette Flavors and Social Media Accounts

With juul and e-cigarette use in youth rising at shocking rates, the FDA moves forward with the plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations. Juul Labs also plans to shut down Facebook and Instagram accounts that were used to promote the product. Click here to read more.

This is a huge win for tobacco control but we still have a lot of work to do. If you are interested in helping to advocate for change, please contact us. 2019 is a big year for us and we need you.

You’re Invited- Smoke Free Indy coalition Holiday Party

Join us on December 6th for the opportunity to network with new and existing partners that are interested in collaborating with Smoke Free Indy in 2019. We encourage you to bring a guest and invite organizations, businesses, community members, youth and adults that are interested in partnering.

Breakfast, networking, partner highlights, and announcement of the 2019 Chair and Co-Chair of Smoke Free Indy! Click here to register.

Smoke-Free Living

Check out this video on smoke-free air in apartment living in Marion County!

Interested in learning more about smoke-free apartments? Click here for more

information and resources.

The Next 50 Years