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Report Says One In 10 Hoosier Children Will Die Prematurely Unless Smoking Rates Drop

A report by the US Surgeon General's Office says 151-thousand Indiana youth will become smokers and die prematurely.

That represents 9 ½ percent of those 17 and younger, almost one of every 10 Hoosier kids.

State Health Commissioner William VanNess says for every smoker in our state that dies, two more Hoosiers under the age of 26 will start smoking.

He says the report makes clear exactly what we can expect if we don't act now to reduce our smoking rates and keep kids from becoming addicted to tobacco.