A bill in the Indiana House of Representatives would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.
H.B. 1578 makes three modifications to existing tobacco laws in the state. First, it raises the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. Second, it would increase the cigarette tax from $1.50 per pack to $2.495 per pack. Finally, it would dirhttps://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1578#document-150a8483ect $35 million from the state’s Master’s Settlement Agreement (MSA) fund to anti-tobacco advertising and prevention methods.
It would not increase the tax on other tobacco products, including cigars.
However, a separate bill, H.B. 1313, would ban smoking in cigar shops. H.B. 1313 was introduced by Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, who is also one of the three co-sponsors for H.B. 1578. He is joined by Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, R-Beech Grove, and Rep. Cindy Ziemke, R-Batesville.