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Tobacco Compliance Checks Program

Tobacco Compliance Checks (TCC) is a program started in 2017 by the Indiana State Excise Police (ISEP) to evaluate and reduce the availability of tobacco and e-liquid products to persons under the legal age.  TCC inspections are conducted by ISEP officers accompanied by 16-, 17-, 18-, 19-, or 20-year-old youths who attempt to purchase tobacco and e-liquid products at licensed retail establishments.  As part of the program, the agency has contracted with the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University to recruit and hire the youths who assist our officers with the inspections.

An important objective of the program is to conduct at least one compliance check annually at each tobacco certificate location. Businesses that fail a compliance check may have administrative charges referred to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission Prosecutor against their tobacco certificate. TCC inspection results are tracked by the agency and those results are made available by way of annual reports.  The links below include the first year’s pass/fail results by county and by business name.

Inquiries regarding the TCC program’s implementation and results should be directed to ATC Communications Director Lindsay Devlin.

TCC Enforcement Data

The annual TCC by County reports below provide pass/fail result totals for all Indiana counties. The statewide failure rate is shown at the top of the report, with the total number of completed checks listed at the conclusion of the report.

TCC Pass / Fail Report by County
2020
2019
2018
2017

The TCC Business Listing reports provide identifying data for locations checked in an Excel-compatible format.

TCC Pass / Fail Report by Business Listing
2020
2019
2018
2017

Additional Information

Indiana State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Indiana Tobacco Inspection Map by Retailer