Editorial: Time has come for strong smoking ban

A cut in Indiana’s recently adopted biennial budget is expected to reduce funding to help local health officials combat tobacco use among Jackson County’s populace, which continues to use cigarettes and other products at a rate greater than the state and national averages.

That means less money for smoking cessation efforts and educational materials, said Dr. Kenneth Bobb, who as the county health officer oversees Jackson County Health Department.

This cut in funding is the most recent state-level attack on local efforts to snuff out smoking and the use of chewing tobacco, Bobb said. An earlier decision at the state level shifted more money away from smoking cessation classes and pushed it toward educational material, which has faced its own cuts.

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