The 2015 Indiana law related to the manufacture and sale of vaping products including e-liquids had been challenged before the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year. Circuit Judge David Hamilton had ruled in favor of the vaping industry and even referred to the Act as being unconstitutional.
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House Bill 1432 brought about a number of unreasonable restrictions, which the legislation that was introduced earlier this year sought to eliminate. In Fact, the revised bill now only requires that e-liquids have child safety caps, tamper resistant packaging and a lot number on the packages, whilst complying with federal regulations.
Maintaining a balance
Bill author Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport), pointed out that going any further would create an imbalance in the industry. “Because if we did we’d be creating a two-tier system where manufacturers located here in the state would have more rules than manufacturers located anywhere else,” he said, “And if we created that two-tier system, we’d simply drive manufacturers and jobs out of Indiana.”
Which as previously mentioned is precisely what was happening. Cool Breeze Vapor, was one of the manufacturers who was forced out of state. The company’s owner Chris Brown said that this bill solves his problem. “It’s good to go. We get to move right on back. All of our 20 employees get to come back across the bridge – it’d be really nice,” he said.