PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: Students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front; and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

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Public News Service - IN: Smoking Prevention

Advocates say if Hoosiers have to pay more to smoke, they're more likely to quit. (

INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers in Indiana are being asked to bump up the tax on cigarettes by $2 a pack this legislative session. House Bill 1380 is authored by Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary, who says the idea is to make smokers feel, in their wallets, the urgency of quitting a very unhealthy habit.

A new CDC report may help determine where anti-tobacco ads should be placed, as well as suggesting they be targeted to different groups. (CDC)

INDIANAPOLIS - A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said some racial and ethnic groups have much higher smoking rates than others, and health officials hope to use that information in cessation efforts. Dr. Brian King, deputy director for research translation for the CDC's Of

The latest report by the Indiana Youth Institute says kids are still smoking and drinking too much, but the teen birth rate continues to decline. (inatashko/morguefile)

INDIANAPOLIS - More children in Indiana live with adults who are struggling with substance abuse or mental health issues than their peers nationally. That's one finding of the 2016 Kids Count report, compiled by the Indiana Youth Institute. It shows more than 13 percent of Indiana's children have l

The cost of smoking exceeds $1 million a year, depending on where you live. (Joseph Morris/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS - The average cost to each of America's 66 million tobacco users is from $24,000 to $50,000 a year, depending on where they live, according to new research by online survey company WalletHub. Over a lifetime, said WalletHub spokeswoman Jill Gonzalez, that can add up to more than $1.4 m

Many popular video games played by children have characters who smoke. (Truth Initiative)

INDIANAPOLIS – Before buying a video game for a young person on your holiday list, checking the warning label might be a good idea – and even then, it might not tell you everything you need to know. Truth Initiative, a nonprofit anti-tobacco group, says smoking appears in 42 percent of

The 25th Indiana Youth Survey found an alarming rate of Hoosier students in grades seven to 12 are using e-cigarettes. Credit: Joseph Morris/Flickr

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - An annual survey highlighting the risky behaviors of Indiana kids finds electronic cigarettes are becoming a popular item. The 25th Indiana Youth Survey of sixth through 12th graders examines substance use, mental health, gambling and other factors that can have negative conseq

PHOTO: This summer an Indiana General Assembly interim study committee will examine policies regarding smoking bans, and other tobacco-related matters impacting Hoosiers' health. Photo credit: Pedro J. Perez/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana's public smoking ban has been on the books for three years, and this summer legislators will explore the law's benefits to determine whether it can be expanded. When the law was passed, it exempted certain bars, taverns, private clubs and casinos. Brianna Herndon, India

PHOTO: Electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity, and while they may appear to be less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, experts say more research about their safety is needed.

INDIANAPOLIS - Electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity, with celebrities in advertisements touting them as a safer alternative to smoking the real thing. But experts say there isn't enough science to back up those claims. It's estimated that there are more than 250 different e-cigarette b

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