Indiana is one of the unhealthiest states in the country on most any measure. It ranks among the states with the highest prevalence of lung and other cancers, obesity, diabetes, and most chronic diseases. Our state’s infant mortality rate is eighth highest, and our 13.5 percent maternal smoking rate is well above the national average. Indiana’s overall health ranks 12th worst in the country. Meanwhile, the Hoosier state ranks 49th lowest in public health funding.
Hoosier adult smoking rates are unacceptably high, ranking 10th highest among the states – 19.2 percent as compared to the national rate of 13.7 percent.