This week, Indiana became the latest state to officially rage its minimum age to purchase tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping products to 21-years-old, as Gov. Eric Holcomb signed SB 1 into law.

The bill increased the age to both purchase and possess tobacco products, but it removed fines levied on persons under 21-years-old who are caught in possession of tobacco, e-cigarettes or similar products.

It also increased the fines on retailers who are found to have sold such products to persons under 21-years-old, and raises the minimum age to 21-years-old for a person to apply for a tobacco retailer’s license, as well as disqualifying an individual from getting a license if they were involved with another license being revoked within the past year, as well as places new requirements on where new tobacco retailers can be located.

The changes will go into effect on July 1.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.