Indiana State Representative Carolyn Jackson introduced a bill (HB 1076) which would ban sales of flavored tobacco products. The prohibition includes the sale of flavored tobacco products and components that contain an overly broad term “characterizing flavor”. This bill also proscribes a Class C misdemeanor and allows the State Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to revoke a retail certificate. This overly broad term could negatively impact premium cigar & pipe retailers, consumers, and manufacturers in the state depending on administrative interpretation of “characterizing flavors”. If the legislative text is not written explicitly identifying premium cigars and pipe tobacco as an exempt sub-category the prohibition could encompass several products in PCA member stores and curtail the ability of retailers, manufacturers, and cigar media to educate consumers on products. Please reference the full PCA Position statement on Characterizing Flavors.
This bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Public Policy. If you are a retail shop owner, employee, manufacturer, or cigar consumer, take a few moments to send your state elected officials a note opposing HB 1076.