Indiana lawmaker proposes tobacco age verification bill

Senate Bill 142 would require age verification for tobacco and vaping sales.

Posted: Feb 4, 2021 6:27 PM
Updated: Feb 4, 2021 7:14 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) — An Indiana lawmaker wants retailers to be held accountable for underage tobacco sales.

Senate Bill 142 would require age verification for tobacco and vaping sales. That includes tobacco, e-liquid, or electronic cigarettes.
Retailers would have to use ID scanning technology, and violating the law would result in a fine of up to 500 dollars.

Bill author State Senator Jon Ford said the system also tracks large purchases of tobacco products.

For example, you can only buy four vape cartridges at a time. He said it would discourage someone from buying large amounts to give or sell to underage users.

"If we have to scan the ID each time, we can keep track of that," he explained. "So, it will help us to identify where there may be some bad actors."

Ford said it takes a burden off retailers and their employees.

"Let's say you're at a convenience store, you go through a transaction and there's a soda, then there's a product that gets scanned and that requires age verification," he said. "The transaction would stop until an ID was scanned."

The bill is set to have its second reading. If passed it will then go to the Senate floor.

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