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Vaping Crisis in State Spotlight; What’s Next?

Strategies to reduce smoking and, more recently, vaping continue to be Indiana Chamber policy priorities. In late August, we were encouraged that the state of Indiana has taken note of the vaping crisis impacting our middle school and high school students. Governor Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health have unveiled an awareness campaign, ways for teens to [...]

2019-09-09T11:03:24-04:00September 6th, 2019|

Chamber Continues Push for E-Cigarette Tax

The prospects of an e-cigarette tax became unclear this week when a second reading amendment turned HB 1444 (Taxation of Electronic Cigarettes), authored by Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), into a summer study committee. The measure subsequently passed the full Senate 45-2. It appears senators chose to listen to those lobbying on behalf of the Juul vape product and convenience [...]

2019-04-19T13:49:51-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Top Story: Smoking Age Increase Headed to House Floor; Military Exemption Slated for Removal

Senate Bill 425 – Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco/E-Liquids Authored by Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) Raises from 18 to 21 years the age at which a person may: (1) sell or buy tobacco products or e-liquids and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine; and (2) enter designated smoking areas of a club or cigar specialty store. Allows someone who is 18 [...]

2019-02-08T11:22:35-04:00February 8th, 2019|

‘Raise It for Health’ Rally Highlights Cigarette Tax Hike Push

On Tuesday, the Indiana Chamber took part in the “Raise It for Health” rally at the Statehouse to push for a $1.50 increase in the state cigarette tax. Indiana is among the very worst states for percentage of smokers – we are the 9th highest nationally. At the event, Chamber CEO Kevin Brinegar joined other Alliance for a Healthier [...]

2018-01-19T14:44:51-04:00January 19th, 2018|