Indiana drops prescriptions for quit-smoking medicines

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH-TV) – If you’re trying to quit smoking, it’s usually pretty tough to do.

But Indiana’s top leaders say they’ve got a plan to make it easier.

You might be surprised to learn that more than 13% of Hoosier women who are pregnant smoke. That’s one of the reasons state health officials want to help people kick the habit.

“We know smoking contributes to poor outcomes for both mom and baby. Pre-term birth is the number one cause of most of our infant mortality. We know that pre-term birth is two times higher when individuals smoke in pregnancy.”

So, to help them and any Hoosier who wants to quit smoking, state health commissioner Dr. Kris box, signed an order Monday.

It will allow you to buy products from a pharmacy that help you quit smoking, without a prescription.

“We have removed a major barrier to you walking in, being able to get the counseling, get the screening, and get the health assessment to determine whether those tobacco cessation products are for you.”

You can already buy some products over the counter, like nicotine patches, gum and lozenges.

Monday’s order also means women on Medicaid won’t have a copay for quit-smoking products while pregnant or up to a year after birth.

“This is a great gesture of investment in the health of Hoosiers.”

Because almost 22% of adult Hoosiers smoke.

We asked state leaders if this move will save someone’s life.

“It will. It Absolutely will. Not only moms’ lives, in enhanced years. But also, infants, unborn children.”

It’ll be easier for you to get smoking cessation products like this, statewide, August 1, 2019.

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(This story was originally published on July 15, 2019)

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