INDIANAPOLIS—Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, causing more than 480,000 deaths each year and resulting in an annual cost of more than $75 billion in direct medical costs (Source CDC).
Rex Early | July 20th, 2016
Many Hoosier smokers realize the health problems associated with smoking and have or would like to quit by doing business with the vape industry. A recent study published in the medical journal Addiction, attributed vaping with helping six million people in Europe quit smoking, and another nine million cut back significantly.
However, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed House Bill 1432 into law which has adversely affected the possible number of successes in Indiana.
We can help achieve a Healthy Indiana but the new law created a monopoly in the vape industry. Creating the law without fully understanding the product and using fear-based politics has caused harm all across Indiana. Vaping has proven its helpfulness in bringing smoking numbers down in Indiana but, this law has restricted a market to where only a few businesses will be able to comply with the excessive regulations.
I hope to work with the Indiana legislature in the future concerning this piece of legislation and across this industry to help make Indiana a better place to live.
Rex Bell is Libertarian candidate for Indiana governor.