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Indiana’s Tobacco Purchasing Age Increases to 21

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Indiana’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products is now 21-years-old.

The changes were proposed and approved via SB 1, which increased the age to both purchase and possess tobacco products. It also removed fines levied on persons under 21-years-old who are caught in possession of tobacco, e-cigarettes or similar products.

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The bill focused on those who sell tobacco, increasing the fines on retailers who are found to have sold such products to persons under 21-years-old, while also increasing the minimum age to 21-years-old for a person to apply for a tobacco retailer’s license. Individuals applying for tobacco retailer licenses will now be disqualified if they were involved with another license being revoked within the past year. The new law also places requirements on where new tobacco retailers can be located.

Indiana is now in compliance with the federal minimum age to purchase tobacco products, which was raised to 21-years-old as part of a spending bill signed by President Trump in Dec. 2019, even if the FDA is not yet enforcing it through compliance checks.

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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 the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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