penalize retailers, not kids
Dear [Decision Maker],
It is too easy for kids to get tobacco in Indiana. Nearly two-thirds of Hoosier high school students say it would be easy for them to get tobacco products and most kids who attempted to buy tobacco from a retail store did so successfully. Instead of holding retailers accountable for feeding this addiction crisis, our laws have targeted addicted kids. Currently, a kid who purchases, uses, or possesses tobacco can be fined up to $500, but a retailer only faces a $200 fine for selling that tobacco to a kid. And last year, kids were penalized for tobacco possession 2,427 times in Indiana, but only 272 retailers faced a penalty for selling to underage buyers. That's wrong!
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]