Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Professor Calls State 'Guinea Pig' for Tobacco ; Report Suggests Anti-Smoking Funds

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Professor Calls State 'Guinea Pig' for Tobacco ; Report Suggests Anti-Smoking Funds

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana is not spending enough money on efforts to keep teenagers from starting to smoke or to help smokers quit the habit, an Indiana University professor says. A recent report by a coalition of public health organizations shows Indiana is turning "a blind eye to what is an obvious problem in this state," Jon Macy, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health-Bloomington at Indiana University, told The Herald-Times.

"Indiana has become a state where the tobacco companies test- market their new products, because we don't spend any money to counter that marketing," Macy told the newspaper. "We've become a guinea pig state. Tobacco companies see our teens and young adults as easy targets, because we don't spend money on prevention messages."

The report, titled "A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 15 Years Later," assesses whether states have kept their promise to use a significant portion of their settlement funds - estimated total of $246 billion over the first 25 years - to fight tobacco use. …

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