ISSUE: SMOKEFREE AIR AND CIGARETTE TAX
STATEMENT: The incidence of smoking among those with mental illness and addictive disorders far ex-ceeds the rates of the overall population. Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard that causes premature death and disease. According to studies, smoke free policies decrease absenteeism among non-smoking employees, reduce maintenance costs, and lower insur-ance rates.
MHAI will support comprehensive legislation calling for smoke free air throughout Indiana that includes the provision of therapeutic and pharmacological interventions for persons with mental illness or addictive disorders. MHAI will also support efforts to increase the price of tobacco through taxes or other means in an effort to decrease utilization of all to-bacco products.