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Ohio Raises Smoking Age; Update on Sen. Young’s National Effort

Indiana, take note. Yesterday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state’s budget bill into law that includes a provision raising the state’s smoking and vaping age from 18 to 21; it takes effect in 90 days. Then, people in Ohio under 21 can no longer buy tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices and Juul pods. “Thank you to Governor [...]

2019-07-19T14:41:39-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Chamber Encouraged by Sen. Young’s Efforts With Smoking Reforms

Recently, U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Indiana) – along with Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) – introduced the Tobacco to 21 Act, which is bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. “The nationwide epidemic of tobacco and electronic cigarette use among high [...]

2019-06-14T14:49:48-04:00June 14th, 2019|

Chamber Scores Many Victories for Members; Legislators Fail Completely on One Front

By Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO * PDF version available for printing * As you read this 2019 Final Legislative Report, you will find a myriad of substantive victories recorded by the Indiana Chamber’s advocacy team in every key issue area but one. Despite continued public and private pressure, legislators again ignored common sense smoking reforms despite evidence of [...]

2019-05-15T10:45:48-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Announces Top Legislative Priorities for 2019

(INDIANAPOLIS) —  The Indiana Chamber of Commerce wants the state Legislature to take the next steps in skilling up the workforce and fast track a water plan for the state. These priorities were among those announced today at the business organization’s annual legislative preview in Indianapolis, where General Assembly leaders also took part in a panel discussion looking ahead [...]

2018-11-19T13:33:08-04:00November 19th, 2018|

Smoking Reforms in Spotlight in Interim; Increased Cigarette Tax Most Likely

The interim study committees are just getting started in earnest; on Thursday, the Interim Study Committee on Fiscal Policy went through a lengthy agenda. The topic of the fiscal, economic and workforce development impact of Indiana smoking rates was of special interest to the Indiana Chamber. Smoking reform has been a top legislative priority for the past few sessions. [...]

2018-08-27T12:51:35-04:00August 27th, 2018|

Surprise Disappointment After Health Committee Passes Smoking Age Increase to 21

Bill and Title: HB 1380 – Tobacco Products Purchasing Age Author: Rep. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) Summary: Raises the age from 18 years to 21 for prohibitions and crimes concerning the sale, purchase and possession of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Makes a corresponding change to the laws concerning e-cigarettes, tobacco retailer permits and admission to establishments where smoking is [...]

2018-02-02T13:50:11-04:00February 2nd, 2018|