Tougher Penalties For Indiana Tobacco Retailers Backed In State House
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Tobacco stores across Indiana could face tougher penalties for selling tobacco products to anyone under 21 under a bill endorsed by the Indiana House.

The additional penalties are part of a bill increasing Indiana’s minimum age for smoking and vaping from 18 to 21 to conform with a new federal law.

The new proposal would boost the fine against a retailer for a first violation from a $200 maximum, to a minimum of $500 with a third violation within three years carrying a minimum $1,000 fine and a three-year loss of the store’s tobacco sales certificate.

House members voted 84-14 for the bill earlier this week while the Senate is considering its own bill.