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.
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.