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Bill Would Put Dissolvable Tobacco Behind the Register

The Indiana House Public Policy committee is advancing a bill to keep dissolvable tobacco behind the register.

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A bill advancing through the state legislature would work to keep dissolvable tobacco out of the hands of minors.

Dissolvable tobacco products would be out of the reach of minors under legislation moving through the Indiana General Assembly. The House Public Policy Committee gave the measure unanimous approval Wednesday.   Republican Representative Bob Cherry is the bill sponsor.  He says while such items are not for sale in the state now, a test period last year around Indianapolis had them displayed close to candy.

“It will define the dissolvable tobacco products as tobacco and it will move them behind the counter like cigarettes. And it will move all other tobacco products behind the counter in stores.  That’s all it does,” said Cherry.

Cherry says references to cigar, or “blunt,” wraps were removed from the legislation.  Dissolvable tobacco can be in the form of edible strips and lozenges, and are marketed primarily to smokers who are looking for an alternative source of nicotine when they can’t light up.   The bill now moves to the full House.

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