American Cancer Society hoping for Hoosier $2 increase in cig tax

first_img Twitter Google+ WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook By Jon Zimney – January 25, 2021 12 545 WhatsApp Facebook American Cancer Society hoping for Hoosier $2 increase in cig tax Twitter Previous articleJanuary’s Hometown Hero: Dr. Rebecca RockersNext articleBarnaby’s South Bend closed until Friday Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. (“Cigarette box” by geralt, CC0 Creative Commons) Lobbyists with the American Cancer Society and other health organizations are pushing hard this year for your lawmakers in Indianapolis to pass a two-dollar increase in the state’s cigarette tax.The state’s cigarette tax is an issue discussed in nearly every legislative session in recent years. The last time the state successfully passed a cigarette tax increase was in 2007 when they passed a 44 cent increase, making the cigarette tax the current rate it is today at 99 cents per pack.Bryan Hannon, government relations director for the American Cancer Society, told Indy Politics that Indiana’s smoking rates are alarmingly high and something needs to be done to curb that trend.“Indiana has high smoking rates which lead to a number of other health conditions, whether that be higher cancer rates, heart disease, infant mortality,” he said. “We need to start tackling our high tobacco use rates and the best way to do that is to raise the price of tobacco products via an excise tax on cigarettes.”One of the main arguments against raising the cigarette tax, especially by a whopping $2.00, has been that the state may see lower revenues despite the increase because it would force fewer people to buy cigarettes.“We have decades of evidence when anytime a state has raised their cigarette tax, they have always produced new revenues,” Hannon responded. “Unfortunately, they (Indiana lawmakers) only did it by 44 cents in 2007, but even then we saw a 40-percent increase in revenue in that first year.”Hannon said though revenues would gradually decline from cigarette taxes over time, the state would still bring in around $350 million in the first year of a $2.00 tax increase.Hannon said the state is still bringing in more revenue from the 44-cent tax this year than it did in 2007. He said a $2.00 increase would likely force roughly 40,000 Hoosier tobacco users in Indiana to “kick their addiction.”Hannon hopes that a good portion of the revenue from a cigarette tax increase if passed goes back into public health initiatives.“There’s a reason we are 48th in the nation in public health funding,” Hannon said. “That’s because we’ve ignored it for too many years. We failed to adequately fund programs for too many years.”If a $2.00 increase to the cigarette tax is successfully passed, it would increase the tax per pack of smokes to $2.99. That is on top of the federal cigarette tax rate of $1.01 per pack and the state’s sales tax of 7-percent. Pinterest Google+last_img read more

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Scientists: Llama Antibodies Could Defeat COVID-1

first_imgScientists say llama antibodies could help defeat the coronavirus and could prove to be more expedient and effective than a vaccine.According to a new study published in the journal “Cell” Tuesday by an international team of researchers, antibodies found in the blood of llamas were able to stave off COVID infections.PIIS0092867420304943“This is one of the first antibodies known to neutralize SARS-CoV-2,” Jason McLellan, from the University of Texas at Austin and co-author of the study, said in a statement.The researchers built on previous research from four years ago in which they found that the antibodies from a then 9-month-old llama named Winter were able to neutralize both SARS-CoV-1 and MERS-CoV viruses over six weeks.Luckily, the antibodies from Winter — who’s now four years old — also staved off SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.Llamas have been used in antibody research in the past in work related to HIV and infleunza, where they helped discover promising therapies.Thanks to the llamas’ antibodies’ small size, they can connect with different parts of the virus more easily.“The binding of this antibody to spike is able to prevent attachment and entry, which effectively neutralizes the virus,” Daniel Wrapp, Dartmouth Ph.D. candidate and co-author, explained in the statement.Scientists are hopeful the treatment can be used for the newly infected and those who are already sick to lessen the severity of the disease,” McLellan added.“There is still a lot of work to do to try to bring this into the clinic,” Xavier Saelens, a molecular virologist at Ghent University in Belgium and co-author, told the Times. “If it works, llama Winter deserves a statue.”last_img read more

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Where are they now?

first_imgTwo Chaffey College products are starring at Sacramento State (8-5). Senior guard Jason Harris is leading the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game and junior guard Haron Hargrave is second at 10.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. Both played in the recent game at Pauley Pavilion against UCLA with Harris faring best with 16 points. Center Stephen Colvin (Yucaipa), a 7-foot, 340-pounder, is redshirting. Brittni Selser (Alta Loma) was the starting setter as a true freshman at Montana State-Bozeman (15-15). She chalked up 815 assists, 168 digs, 40 total blocks and 51 kills and service aces.Sophomore swimmer Jamie Bloom (Sultana) has emerged as one of the top breaststrokers at Brigham Young University. She has the second-best time on her team in both the 100 (1:04.71) and 200 (2:19.03). Last season, she had seen individual victories and was an all-Mountain West Conference second-team selection in both events. Sophomore forward Chris Fleming (Eisenhower) is playing relatively close to home at the College of the Desert, averaging 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds. He will have a chance to play in his own neighborhood when the Roadrunners (8-9) travel to Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley in Foothill Conference play.The women’s basketball team at Point Loma Nazarene features 6-2 junior center Mica DeHoog (Redlands), who is averaging 11.6 points and 8.1 rebounds. She is in her first year playing there after transferring from Northern Arizona.Senior guard Anetero Uiagalelei (Ganesha/Mt. SAC) is averaging 5.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists as a reserve for the women’s basketball team at San Jose State (3-6). Sophomore guard Tarina Hodges (Hesperia) is also on the roster, but has not played. Junior middle hitter Cristie Dawson (Granite Hills) had a stellar season for the volleyball team at the University of San Diego (23-6), finishing first on the team in kills (159), digs (191), service aces (37) and total blocks (84). The team advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs before falling to UCLA 3-0. She had six kills, seven digs and two aces in the last match of the season. Where are they Now runs the first Wednesday of each month. Michelle Gardner can be reached at [email protected] or (909) 386-3864. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Taylor is a three-year starter, having averaged 11.7 points last year as a sophomore, which placed her second on the team in scoring. She started 22 of 24 games, missing two with an ankle injury. The Cal State Fullerton wrestling roster is loaded with San Bernardino County standouts. The Titan squad includes freshman 125-pounder James Bailey (Ontario); redshirt freshman 165-pounder Kwabena Aygeman (Ontario); freshman 174-pounder Alan Reynel (Sky Forest/Rim of the World) and sophomore heavyweight Dan Ott (Redlands/Aquinas). Rounding out the local representation are twins Taylor and Tavis Smith (Diamond Ranch), both of whom compete at 133. Bailey finished fourth at the Embry-Riddle Open earlier this season, while Ott saw considerable time last year, wrestling in eight matches. n Two athletes with local ties are playing basketball for Division II UC San Diego (2-7, 0-2). Sophomore guard Andrew Hatch (Ayala) is averaging 5.2 points and 2.6 assists, while former University of Redlands player Evan Demkiw, a junior guard, is seeing some time as a reserve. Hatch was the freshman of the year in the California Collegiate Athletic Association last season. Arriaran is averaging 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. Her season high of 17 points came in a 76-68 loss to New Mexico in her collegiate debut in November. Janevia Taylor (San Bernardino) is in her junior year playing for the women’s basketball team at the University of Hawaii. The 5-foot-5 guard is averaging 11.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 33 minutes per game with the Rainbows. Her best effort was a 20-point performance in a recent 61-55 win over Kent State. center_img True freshman Erika Arriaran (Norco) has started out strong in the collegiate game. But what else would one expect from an athlete who earned Parade Magazine National Player of the Year honors as a high school senior? The 5-foot-10 guard has helped the University of Texas to a 6-4 record, starting all 10 games. She has led the Longhorns in scoring five times and in rebounding once. last_img read more

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