August 23, 2016

Reports: FBI Investigation Creation Of Indiana's Vaping Law

Indiana's new vaping law gave seven producers control of the Indiana market. - stock photo

Indiana's new vaping law gave seven producers control of the Indiana market.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana lawmaker and an e-cigarette liquid producer say they have been questioned by the FBI about the creation of the state's vaping law.

Republican Rep. Phil Boot of Crawfordsville told the Indianapolis Star for a report Monday that FBI agents interviewed him last month and asked if someone benefited financially from the legislation.

The law passed last year and amended this year has given seven producers control of the Indiana market, shutting out dozens of other manufacturers that had operated in the state.

E-liquid producer Evan McMahon told the Star the agents he spoke to "were looking at antitrust and corruption." McMahon also confirmed the investigation to the Indianapolis Business Journal.

When contacted by The Associated Press, FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne would not confirm there is an investigation.

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