Group urges cigarette tax increase

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Raise it for Health campaign joined 25 leading Indiana health and business organizations today to call for an increase in the state’s cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack, which would immediately help 50,000 adults quit smoking and prevent 40,000 kids from ever starting. Representatives from each organization signed a letter to state lawmakers expressing their support for the increased tax. The signatories include members of Tobacco Free Indiana and the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana as well as a number of other supporting organizations, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Hospital Association, the Indiana Rural Health Association, the Indiana State Medical Association and the Indy Chamber.Tobacco Free Indiana is a statewide coalition that promotes proven strategies to help smokers quit, prevent youth from starting and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. “Tobacco remains Indiana’s deadliest addiction, claiming the lives of more than 11,000 Hoosiers every year,” said Bryan Hannon, chair of Tobacco Free Indiana and Raise It for Health. “Policymakers must get engaged in the fight against tobacco if we’re going to successfully drive down smoking rates in Indiana, and an increase of at least $1.50 in the cigarette tax is the surest way to do it.” The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana is a coalition of healthcare professionals, advocates, and community and business leaders from across Indiana who are committed to improving the state’s health. Indiana ranks 38th out of the 50 states in overall health, and the state’s smoking rate of 21 percent is the 41st worst in the nation.“A healthy workforce is essential to a healthy economy,” said Bryan Mills, chair of the Alliance and president and CEO of Community Health Network. “Reducing the high rate of smoking has to be our top priority. Our low health rankings exact a significant toll on our economy and rob us of potential opportunities in the form of investments, jobs and income. We must take action now to not only improve the health of Hoosiers but also keep the Indiana economy growing and thriving.”The letter to lawmakers was delivered on Monday to key House and Senate leadership before the House Committee on Public Health considered legislation to increase the cigarette tax and raise the legal age of purchase to 21.Indiana’s tax rate of 99.5 cents per pack is below the national average and that of nearly all neighboring states. Pointing to data from the nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the letter states that with the passage of a $1.50 increase, 50,000 Hoosier adults would quit smoking and 40,000 kids would never start. Indiana would also see 10,000 fewer smoking-impacted births over five years.Signatories called for urgent action. “We cannot sit by while 11,000 Hoosiers die each year and our economy suffers. Increasing the cigarette tax will do more than any other policy to help our state make the shift to a healthier and more productive future for all Hoosiers,” the letter states.The letter highlights some of the negative economic impacts of Indiana’s high smoking rate. Smoking costs Indiana more than $7 billion each year in health care costs and lost productivity. Each smoker costs his or her employer $22 a day in extra business costs, or $5,800 per year.“As we invest in upskilling our workforce, we also need to invest in their health to continue our momentum as a world-class region,” said Michael Huber, president and CEO of the Indy Chamber, which represents more than 1,800 businesses across the Indianapolis region.Hannon and Mills further articulated their support for increasing the legal age of purchase of tobacco products to 21, something five U.S. states have done:“Raise It for Health and the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana support increasing the legal age of tobacco purchase to 21, especially when done in coordination with higher taxes on tobacco products. The longer we can delay easy access to tobacco, the healthier our kids will be. While raising the tax on cigarettes by $1.50 would produce an immediate reduction in smoking among adults and kids in Indiana, raising the age of sale for tobacco products would significantly reduce youth initiation to tobacco products over the long term. Higher tobacco prices and tobacco 21 laws offer a one-two punch that can dramatically reduce both youth and adult smoking rates in Indiana, improving our health and our economy.”last_img read more

Hyun-Jin Ryu roughed up for third consecutive start as Dodgers lose in Arizona

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousArizona Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar, left, celebrates his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers with third base coach Tony Perezchica during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)A pop fly hit by the Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar falls in for a single between Dodgers second baseman Kike’ Hernandez, left, and center fielder A.J. Pollock during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, throws a pitch to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsArizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly throws a pitch to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) scores a run as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly, left, waits for a late throw during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, pauses on the mound during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner pauses after fouling off an Arizona Diamondbacks pitch during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates with Will Smith (16) after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger tosses his bat away after an intentional walk from the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner connects for an RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson leaps in vain for a foul fly ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tim Locastro during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson takes his helmet off after hitting a pop fly for an out during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, reacts to being called out on strikes against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Wilmer Flores connects for a two-run double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar, right, celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with Tim Locastro (16) and Adam Jones, second from left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar (5) is congratulated by Ketel Marte, left, and manager Torey Lovullo, right, after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu pauses on the mound on his way to giving up four runs to the Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. Ryu has allowed 18 runs in his past three starts (14-2/3 innings). (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Adam Jones connects for a two-run double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, flips the ball in the air as he waits for Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to arrive at the mound to take Ryu out of the baseball game during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Wilmer Flores, right, and Christian Walker (53) celebrate after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed, middle, watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar watches his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar, left, celebrates his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers with third base coach Tony Perezchica during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)A pop fly hit by the Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar falls in for a single between Dodgers second baseman Kike’ Hernandez, left, and center fielder A.J. Pollock during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)NextShow Caption1 of 21A pop fly hit by the Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar falls in for a single between Dodgers second baseman Kike’ Hernandez, left, and center fielder A.J. Pollock during the fourth inning of Thursday’s game in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)ExpandPHOENIX — For 22 starts over four months, Hyun-Jin Ryu had handled major-league hitters like a Jedi master.These aren’t the pitches you’re looking for.That spell has been broken. Ryu was roughed for the third consecutive start Thursday night, allowing seven runs in a two-inning span as the Arizona Diamondbacks handed the Dodgers an 11-5 thumping.With the loss, the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch their seventh consecutive division title stayed at nine. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies After his first start this month, Ryu had an ERA of 1.45, almost a run better than any other starting pitcher in baseball. He had allowed more than two runs in a start just once. His WHIP was 0.91 and opposing batters had hit just .221 against him.The 32-year-old Korean was cruising to a Cy Young award and Game 1 start in the postseason. The course correction over the past three starts has been jarring.Over starts at Atlanta, at home against the Yankees and in Arizona, Ryu has given up 18 runs in just 14-2/3 innings – an ERA of 11.05 that has fattened his season mark by nearly a run to 2.35 (bringing Max Scherzer, Mike Soroka and Jacob deGrom back into the Cy Young picture), the highest it has been since before his May 7 start. His WHIP in those three starts is 1.91 and opposing batters have hit a robust .368 (25 for 68). Ryu hasn’t gotten through five innings in each of his past two starts.Despite the fact that Ryu has thrown 157-1/3 innings already this season – his highest total since throwing 192 in his MLB debut season (2013) – Ryu and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts have said fatigue is not a factor in his current regression. Roberts has just said Ryu hasn’t been as “sharp.”Well, at least Ryu didn’t give up a home run to the Diamondbacks after allowing five in his previous two starts. Joe Kelly handled that surrendering a towering three-run shot to Eduardo Escobar in the sixth inning, part of Kelly’s own regressive performance. It was the first home run he has allowed since July 27 and the first time he has been charged with more than one run in an outing since May 27. Escobar’s drive came to rest in a garbage can near the pool beyond the right-field fence – no doubt where Ryu would like to toss the box score from this one.Instead of the longball, Ryu gave up nine hits in the fourth and fifth innings – six singles and three doubles – hit a batter and walked a batter (intentionally) while retiring just five before being pulled from the game.The Dodgers’ offense kept up for a while. The Dodgers walked six times in the first five innings and scored four times. But they also stranded eight runners in the first six innings, left the bases loaded in the third and only got one run out of another bases-loaded, one-out situation in the fifth.They solved that deficiency by getting just one baserunner in the final three innings – on a solo home run by Justin Turner (his third RBI of the game).More to come on this story. Related Articleslast_img read more

BUSINESSES GETTING BEHIND GAA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE – NOW HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!

first_imgSome of the local business that have come on board to sponsor advertiseing boards at Convoy GAA Centre of Excellence, included are Ciaran Kelly, Michael Mc Menamin, James Boyle, Barry Mackey and Frankie Doherty Photo Brian McDaidBUSINESSES and individuals are throwing their weight behind the new GAA Centre of Excellence  and Training Centre in Convoy.And here’s your chance to get involved in an incredible initiative which will serve players from underage to senior level over the next few years.Businesses who purchase a pitch sign before 31st December 2013 for €500 could WIN the naming rights of the Centre for 2 Years. The cost of the sign – with your company logo displayed on the grounds for minimum 3 years – is included in the €500.Individuals and fans can also buy a plot for just €20 at the centre and they will be in a draw for 1st Prize €2k, 2nd Prize €1k 3rd Prize €500“When the the Centre is fully operational the facility will serve the needs of our county teams, development squads, clubs schools and colleges for both the ladies and men’s Gaa in football, hurling and camogie,” says county board treasurer Grace Boyle.“Get behind us and let’s achieve this for all our young people.” Visit http://www.donegalgaa.ie – or click on the advert on the front of Donegal Daily! BUSINESSES GETTING BEHIND GAA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE – NOW HERE’S YOUR CHANCE! was last modified: November 20th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BUSINESSES GETTING BEHIND GAA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE – NOW HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!last_img read more