The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (IATC) has launched a new
partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct tobacco
In August 2011, the commission’s enforcement division, the Indiana State
Excise Police, partnered with the FDA to enforce federal tobacco
“This collaboration will ensure that Indiana’s citizens and businesses
thrive in a safe environment by increasing enforcement of laws regulating
the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products,” the IATC
said in a statement released on Wednesday.
Officers of the Indiana State Excise Police have been commissioned by the
FDA to conduct inspections and prepare reports pertaining to violations of
federal laws. These inspections are being conducted as a result of the
Tobacco Control Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on
June 22, 2009.
Commissioned FDA inspectors have begun inspecting tobacco retailers in
Indiana for compliance in a variety of areas. These laws and regulations
•Flavored cigarettes ban: cigarettes containing added flavoring were banned
on Sept. 22, 2009.
•Modified risk tobacco advertising ban: cigarette labeling or advertising
descriptors—including “mild,” “low” and/or “light”—were banned on June 22,
•Promotional and advertising restrictions on smokeless tobacco: packaging
for smokeless tobacco must contains warnings in compliance with specific
guidelines outlined in the Smokeless Tobacco Act.
•Age and access restrictions: self-service vending is prohibited in
facilities where persons under the age of 18 are permitted. Compliance
checks will be conducted utilizing youth under the age of 18.
•Promotion and advertising restrictions: non-tobacco items bearing tobacco
manufacturer logos are prohibited, as are tobacco-manufacturer event