Indiana Town Proposes New Vaping Law

Crawfordsville looks to require separate section in c-stores for tobacco or vape products.

November 12, 2019

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind.—A new ordinance in Crawfordsville, Indiana would require a separate 18-and-older section for stores that sell any tobacco or vaping products. This includes pens, papers and pipes, reports WLFI

"They should be in a separate controlled area that's staffed by someone 21 and over who is going to check IDs,” said Todd Barton, the mayor of Crawfordsville. “We are also stating in this proposed ordinance that the area needs to be under video surveillance."

The first reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Monday, November 18 at the Crawfordsville city council meeting. WFLI spoke to Jacob Kingry, the owner of KC Vapors in Crawfordsville, who supports the ordinance and even suggests that the minimum purchase age should be raised to 21. Already, 18 states have 21 as the legal tobacco buying age for all tobacco products. Last week, President Trump announced a push to raise the legal e-cigarette purchase age to 21 in an effort to combat youth vaping.