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Lauren Chapman

An effort to raise Indiana’s tobacco tax failed during this year’s legislative session as well as other attempts to reduce smoking in the Hoosier state. 

Vaping Tax Bill Dies As 2019 Session Ends

Apr 25, 2019
Exhaling smoke from an e-cigarette. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A bill to impose a tax on the liquids used in e-cigarettes couldn’t make it to the finish line as the 2019 legislative session ended.

A controversial payday lending bill died on the House floor. A revenue forecast projects less money for lawmakers to work with in the new state budget. And a bill to create payouts for exonerated prisoners is headed to the governor.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Outstanding questions sidelined a bill in the legislature to tax vaping products. But the bill’s sponsor feels confident the legislation will move forward this year.

Senate Committee Grapples With E-Cigarette Taxes

Apr 1, 2019
Exhaling smoke from an e-cigarette. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A Senate panel is grappling with how – and how much – to tax electronic cigarettes.

E-Cigarette Tax Would Impact Small Businesses

Mar 11, 2019

A bill to tax electronic cigarettes in Indiana is moving through the legislature and some say the proposal needs work.

Annual Data Book Outlines Hoosier Youth Wellbeing

Feb 20, 2019

The 25th annual Indiana Kids Count Data Book was presented at the Statehouse Tuesday. The book gives lawmakers, agencies and other community groups a look at how Indiana youth fare. 

Survey Finds Vaping Up Among Indiana Youth

Aug 24, 2018

The annual Indiana Youth Survey looks at substance use, mental health and other addiction risk factors.  This year’s assessment found a significant increase in use of electronic cigarettes by middle and high schoolers. 

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State lawmakers recently passed a bill allowing municipalities to regulate room rentals on websites like AirBnb.

That came after the City of Lafayette passed an ordinance with very similar language making people who rent their rooms on such sites pay a registration fee.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we’ll find out from Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski how many people have already registered and how the city plans to track down those who don’t pay the fee.

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It’s now illegal to vape, or smoke an electronic cigarette – in most public places in Lafayette. One local vaping shop believes smoking traditional cigarettes and vaping shouldn’t be conflated.

Vaping devices heat “e-liquids” containing nicotine—the amount of which can be customized—and flavors, like cinnamon or berry. Users produce large billows of vapor when exhaling. Zachary Gracer works at West Lafayette’s 7 Sins Vape shop, and says his customers are respectful.

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