TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION 101: INDIANA
January 7, 2020
Indiana’s vaping industry provided more than $480 million in economic activity in 2018 while generating 2,110 vaping-related jobs. Sales of disposables and prefilled cartridges in Indiana exceeded $9.4 million in 2016.
As of December 26, ISDH has reported 121 cases of vaping-related lung illness, including five deaths, but does not provide information on gender or substances vaped. ISDH earns an F-ranking for its reporting on vaping-related lung illnesses.
In 2018, 18.6 percent of Indiana high school students reported vaping at least once in 30 days prior to the survey. There is no information on frequent or daily use. More data is needed.
Only 4 percent of FDA retail compliance checks resulted in sales of e-cigarettes to minors from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.
Indiana spends very little on tobacco prevention. In 2019, Indiana dedicated only $7.5 million on tobacco control, or less than 1 percent of what the state received in tobacco settlement payments and taxes.