Indiana Officials Debate Raising Minimum Age To Buy Tobacco
Monday, November 4, 2019

Various officials within the Indiana Legislature are recommending that Indiana’s legal age for buying cigarettes be raised from age 18 to age 21.

This past week, the Legislature’s public health study committee approved the recommendation after hearing testimony recently on the change that has failed to advance among lawmakers for several years. The proposed age change is reported to cover both traditional and electronic cigarettes.

Various lawmakers have publicly said that you should not expect any change on this matter until at least the 2021 legislative session when a new state budget is considered because Indiana cigarette tax revenue could decline with the change. Meanwhile, others have argued the Hoosier state might see a loss in tax revenue initially but will save on long-term health expenses.


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