Indiana Tobacco 21 Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

Indiana’s Tobacco 21 law goes into effect tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. This new law encompasses all tobacco products including non-combustible tobacco products, and e-cigarette devices and e-liquid. Below you will find an overview to the changes in law and links to resources, updated signage and Senate Enrolled Act 1.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission should you have any questions about this change in law.

Tobacco 21 Overview

  •  Minimum legal sale age increased from 18 to 21
  •  Includes cigarettes, non-combustible tobacco products including refillable e-liquid, other combustible tobacco products
  •  Requires updated signage for tobacco vending machines, etc.
  •  Age of requesting photo identification increased from appearance of 27 to 30
  •  Tobacco and vaping shops cannot be located within 1000 ft. of public schools (increased from 200 ft.)
  •  Clubs and fraternal clubs with designated smoking rooms must prohibit individuals under the age of 21 from entering their smoking room
  •  Tobacco shops must prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from entering, including employees
  •  Forbids sale of products containing Vitamin E Acetate
  •  Increased criminal penalties
    •  Class C Misdemeanor for underage possession, use, or purchase
    •  Retail penalties based on previous 1 year:
      •  0 previous citations: $400
      •  1 previous citation: $800
      •  2 previous citations: $1400
      •  3 or more citations: $2000
      •  Class B Misdemeanor for 6 or more retail citations in 1 year.
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