Indiana Code Title 35. Criminal Law and Procedure § 35-46-1-10.2

Sec. 10.2 . (a) A person may not be charged with a violation under this section and a violation under IC 7.1-7-6-5 .

(b) A retail establishment that sells or distributes tobacco, an e-liquid, or an electronic cigarette to a person less than twenty-one (21) years of age commits a Class C infraction.  For a sale to take place under this section, the buyer must pay the retail establishment for the tobacco product, an e-liquid, or electronic cigarette.

(c) Notwithstanding IC 34-28-5-4(c) , a civil judgment for an infraction committed under this section must be imposed as follows:

(1) If the retail establishment at that specific business location has not been issued a citation or summons for a violation of this section in the previous one (1) year, a civil penalty of up to four hundred dollars ($400).

(2) If the retail establishment at that specific business location has had one (1) citation or summons issued for a violation of this section in the previous one (1) year, a civil penalty of up to eight hundred dollars ($800).

(3) If the retail establishment at that specific business location has had two (2) citations or summonses issued for a violation of this section in the previous one (1) year, a civil penalty of up to one thousand four hundred dollars ($1,400).

(4) If the retail establishment at that specific business location has had three (3) or more citations or summonses issued for a violation of this section in the previous one (1) year, a civil penalty of up to two thousand dollars ($2,000).

A retail establishment may not be issued a citation or summons for a violation of this section more than once every twenty-four (24) hours for each specific business location.

(d) It is not a defense that the person to whom the tobacco, an e-liquid, or electronic cigarette was sold or distributed did not smoke, chew, inhale, or otherwise consume the tobacco, e-liquid, or electronic cigarette.

(e) The following defenses are available to a retail establishment accused of selling or distributing tobacco, an e-liquid, or an electronic cigarette to a person who is less than twenty-one (21) years of age:

(1) The buyer or recipient produced a driver's license bearing the purchaser's or recipient's photograph showing that the purchaser or recipient was of legal age to make the purchase.

(2) The buyer or recipient produced a photographic identification card issued under IC 9-24-16-1 or a similar card issued under the laws of another state or the federal government showing that the purchaser or recipient was of legal age to make the purchase.

(3) The appearance of the purchaser or recipient was such that an ordinary prudent person would believe that the purchaser or recipient was not less than thirty (30) years of age.

(f) It is a defense that the accused retail establishment sold or delivered the tobacco, e-liquid, or electronic cigarette to a person who acted in the ordinary course of employment or a business concerning tobacco, an e-liquid, or electronic cigarettes for the following activities:

(1) Agriculture.

(2) Processing.

(3) Transporting.

(4) Wholesaling.

(5) Retailing.

(g) As used in this section, “distribute” means to give tobacco, an e-liquid, or an electronic cigarette to another person as a means of promoting, advertising, or marketing the tobacco or electronic cigarette to the general public.

(h) Unless a person buys or receives tobacco, an e-liquid, or an electronic cigarette under the direction of a law enforcement officer as part of an enforcement action, a retail establishment that sells or distributes tobacco, an e-liquid, or an electronic cigarette is not liable for a violation of this section unless the person less than twenty-one (21) years of age who bought or received the tobacco, an e-liquid, or electronic cigarette is issued a citation or summons under section 10.5 of this chapter.

(i) Notwithstanding IC 34-28-5-5(c) , civil penalties collected under this section must be deposited in the Richard D. Doyle youth tobacco education and enforcement fund ( IC 7.1-6-2-6 ).

(j) A person who violates subsection (b) at least six (6) times in any one (1) year commits habitual illegal sale of tobacco, a Class B infraction.


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