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Legal smoking age raised to 21 on July 1

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A new Indiana law which goes into effect on July 1 raises the legal smoking and vaping age from 18 to 21.

The law prohibits any person younger than 21 from purchasing or possessing tobacco products, e-liquids, and electronic cigarettes, and requires the posting of notices to that effect at retail establishments and vending machines.

Other provisions of the new law:

--Makes it a Class C misdemeanor to operate a tobacco or vaping business within 1,000 feet of a public or private elementary or secondary school.

--Makes it a Class B infraction to knowingly sell tobacco, e-liquid, or electronic cigarettes containing vitamin E acetate.

--Provides that a retail establishment which sells an e-liquid to a person under 21 be subject to a civil judgment for the infraction.

--Doubles the civil judgment for retail establishments which sell or distribute tobacco, e-liquid, or electronic cigarettes to persons under 21; and for certain retail establishments which allow an underage person to enter their establishment.



Posted 4/14/2020




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