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November 29, 2016

Will Indiana Lawmakers Fix the Corrupt Vaping Law?

The story of Indiana’s corrupt vaping law has been told and retold over the last year. Now it looks like the state’s legislature may have decided to mop up what’s left of its reputation and fix the problem.

Republican state senate leader David Long told the Indianapolis Business Journal that repairing the bad law will be a priority in next year’s session. As most vapers know, the law created a monopoly for an Indiana security company, and essentially put that business in control of which e-liquid manufacturers would be allowed to sell in the state.

“We’re going to make sure that there’s not a monopoly in that area,” Sen. Long told the IBJ. “And to the extent there is, we’re going to eliminate that. It’s important for us to get it right.” He claimed the creation of the monopoly was “inadvertent.”

The Indiana legislature knows now that their handling of this situation will be under a magnifying glass.

“We’re going to change that, and hopefully open the door to a fair and open market,” Long explained to reporter Hayleigh Colombo. “That’s what we want to see.” Sen. Randy Head of Logansport will be spearheading passage of a new bill next year, according to Long. Sen. Head voted against the 2015 and 2016 vaping bills in the senate.

Lawmakers who proposed and supported the law had connections to the security firm in question, and also to a casino company which had several employees involved with e-liquid companies seeking to do business in the state. The story is so twisted, the FBI reportedly questioned some state legislators regarding their support for the law.

The Indiana legislature knows now that their handling of this situation will be under a magnifying glass. Vapers and vendors in the state will be watching closely, and reporters will have their eyes peeled for any exciting new developments.

Smokers created vaping without any help from the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and vapers have the right to keep innovating to help themselves. My goal is to provide clear, honest information about the challenges vaping faces from lawmakers, regulators, and brokers of disinformation. I recently joined the CASAA board, but my opinions aren’t necessarily CASAA’s, and vice versa. You can find me on Twitter @whycherrywhy


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