The Indiana House voted unanimously to advance a bill that would place all tobacco products behind-the-counter. The legislation, authored by Representative Bob Cherry is part of an effort to keep kids from purchasing dissolvable tobacco items that often resemble candy or breath mints. Cherry says his bill would make tobacco less accessible to minors.
He notes some of those products contain up to 300 percent more nicotine than a single cigarette. Representative Ron Bacon says the bill protects kids from buying dissolvable products containing such large doses of nicotine.
The bill would make it a Class C infraction to sell dissolvable tobacco to a person under the age of 18. Tobacco stores would be exempt from the measure because they already require customers to be 18 or older to enter their businesses. The bill heads to the senate for consideration. If passed there, it would go into effect in July.