Developing a Comprehensive Statewide Smoking Cessation Plan for IU Health: Leveraging a connection with the Indiana Tobacco Quitline Public Deposited

Indiana has the 10th highest rate of smokers in the United States with 21.1% of the population who smoke. This costs the state $2.93 billion in health care dollars and another $3 billion in lost productivity per year. Indiana has historically been behind other states in smoking cessation investments and programs, but has recently outlined 2020 mission, values, and priorities that will increase the focus and investment in this area. IU Health is aligning with the State of Indiana by developing an internal plan that will leverage state programs and funds to develop a comprehensive program for smoking cessation.

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