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Cigarette tax deters smoking but threatens small business

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — When he was 10 years old, Jeff Slinker started smoking cigarettes, a decision that would lead to many medical problems later in his life. Decades later, he has lost the left side of his jaw, four lymph nodes and his teeth. They were all removed after he was diagnosed […]

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Hotly-debated bill to regulate e-cigarette liquid passes committee

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A sea of “I Vape” and “I Vote” signs flooded the halls on the first floor of the Statehouse, just outside room where the Commerce and Technology Committee was meeting Tuesday. The large group came to protest Senate Bill 539, authored by Sen. Carlin Yoder, R- Middlebury, which would […]

Lawmakers confused by cut in state’s tobacco funds

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Lawmakers confused by cut in state’s tobacco funds

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- A hearing about tobacco funding in the House Public Health Committee Wednesday left many legislators still searching for answers. The meeting addressed the ongoing legal battle between the state and tobacco companies. The lawsuit stems from an agreement in 1998 – called the Tobacco Master Settlement – that says tobacco […]

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States move on e-cigarette as Washington delays

By Jake Grovum Stateline.org Money grab, health concerns, or both? Absent guidance from Washington, states are pressing ahead with their own agendas on electronic cigarettes. In Indiana…  A state law that took effect July 1 bans stores from selling e-cigarettes to minors. Indiana’s statewide smoking ban doesn’t specifically prohibit e-cigarettes. However, some local bans – including […]

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State appeals order that strips Indiana of $63 million in tobacco payments

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has appealed an arbitration order reducing its tobacco settlement payments by $63 million next year, saying a three-judge panel exceeded its authority and unfairly judged Indiana’s actions. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed the appeal in Marion Superior Court, roughly three months after the arbitration panel said […]

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State will lose $63 million in tobacco payments next year

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state is set to lose $63 million in tobacco settlement payments next year after an arbitration panel determined it had not worked hard enough to collect funds from cigarette companies that aren’t part of the deal. Learn more: Click here to see the distribution of tobacco settlement dollars […]