Sec. 7 . (a) A tax is imposed on the distribution of tobacco products in Indiana at the rate of:(1) twenty-four percent (24%) of the wholesale price of tobacco products other than moist snuff; or
(2) for moist snuff, forty cents ($0.40) per ounce, and a proportionate tax at the same rate on all fractional parts of an ounce. If the tax calculated for a fractional part of an ounce carried to the third decimal place results in the numeral in the third decimal place being greater than four (4), the amount of the tax shall be rounded to the next additional cent.
(b) The distributor of the tobacco products, including a person that sells tobacco products through an Internet web site, is liable for the tax imposed under subsection (a). The tax is imposed at the time the distributor:
(1) brings or causes tobacco products to be brought into Indiana for distribution;
(2) manufactures tobacco products in Indiana for distribution; or
(3) transports tobacco products to retail dealers in Indiana for resale by those retail dealers.
(c) The Indiana general assembly finds that the tax rate on smokeless tobacco should reflect the relative risk between such products and cigarettes.