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Report Shows 8,600 Indiana Kids Become Smokers Yearly

Last updated on Thursday, December 10, 2009

(UNDATED) - A new report claims about 8,600 kids in Indiana become daily smokers each year.

The study by a coalition of public health organizations, including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the American Heart Association, finds that states are receiving record amounts of revenue from the tobacco industry, but spending less on tobacco prevention programs.

Indiana spends 11.8 million dollars, which is 15% of the Centers for Disease Control's funding recommendation.

Tobacco-Free Kids Vice President of Research Danny McGoldrick says tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 400,000 Americans every year and costing an estimated $100 billion in health care bills.

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