The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 2:38 pm

Indiana lawmakers approve increased fines for underage tobacco sales

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers voted Wednesday to triple the fines for selling tobacco and vaping products to underage Hoosiers.

Senate Bill 1 also would mirror new federal law limiting purchases to those 21 and older; Current state law says 18.

“Our members are deeply concerned about the impact of tobacco use and vaping on the current and future workforce,” said Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. “This will help prevent tens of thousands of Hoosiers from going down the lifelong path of smoking.”

The legislation passed the Senate Health Committee unanimously and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Since the federal government acted at the end of 2019 on the age, some are wondering why Indiana has to follow suit.

Testimony Tuesday showed that enforcement is a major reason and that the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission does much of that.

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