Health & Wellness

The Senate Committee on Family and Children Services approved a bill to lift a lifetime ban on federally-funded food assistance for certain drug offenders. Indiana is one of four states still blocking that federal assistance.

Senate Bill 11 would open SNAP benefits to drug offenders, as long as they complete their parole and probation requirements as specified by the court.

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Though the shops along Sullivant Avenue in Columbus, Ohio had all closed their doors one cold November night, a young woman walked alone down the alley behind the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She was petite and wore lipstick, a tweed coat and blue jeans torn at the knee.

A new FDA campaign aims to encourage smokers to keep trying to quit and it’s coming to Indiana. The Hoosier state has one of the highest smoking rates in the country – at just over 21 percent.

Studies show that most smokers want to quit, and FDA Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller says that’s the hinge of a new campaign.

“We want to celebrate the quit attempt itself because the evidence is clear, the more attempts you make to quit the more likely it is that you will succeed,” says Zeller.

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