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FL House Committee Passes Bill to Ban Electronic Cigarette Sales To Minors

By: Florida Senate; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Florida Senate; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
March 27, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - A bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors is gaining steam.

The legislation passed in Florida's House Regulatory Affairs Committee Thursday .

It isn't coming without any opposition, though. Representatives from the American Lung Association, League of Cities, and others addressed the committee during Thursday's meeting.

While the groups agree with the overall intention of the bill, they say they don't support the aspect of the bill that wouldn't allow local governments to make their own regulations.

Rep. Frank Artiles is the bill's co-sponsor. He says, "We put penalties in there. We put display areas. Those are the concerns I've been hearing since the inception of the bill. I'm applying them to the bill. So, that's why I find it quite interesting when, as I'm making changes, they're not supporting those changes. Even though it's getting to where they want to go to."

The bill will now go to the House floor. A similar bill in the Senate has already passed.


News Release: Florida Senate

Tallahassee–Today, the Florida Senate passed Senate Bill 224, which aims to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products to minors. The bill is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) who released the following statement:

“Today the Florida Senate joined together in unanimous support of protecting Florida’s children,” said Leader Benacquisto. “Electronic cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular. However, by putting age restrictions on these harmful nicotine devices we are taking the steps necessary to keep our impressionable children healthy and strong. I appreciate the support of the Senate and look forward to working with the Governor and our partners in the House to ensure this important bill becomes law.”

CS/CS/SB 224 seeks to include electronic cigarettes under the current statute that prohibits minors from purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products across the state. It does not change any other tobacco or nicotine-related statutes.

For more information on CS/CS/SB 224, please visit http://flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0224.


News Release: Florida Senate

Updated: February 20, 2014, 3:30pm

Tallahassee–Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Senator Joe Negron (R-Palm City), unanimously passed CS/SB 224, which aims to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products to minors. The bill is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) who released the following statement:

“Age restrictions are a vital tool in preventing Florida’s children from developing harmful nicotine addictions,” said Leader Benacquisto. “By prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, we will keep these devices out of the hands of our vulnerable children. I appreciate the bi-partisan support this important piece of legislation received as it moved toward the Senate floor.”

CS/SB 224, which is now ready to be heard on the Senate Floor, seeks to include electronic cigarettes under the current statute that prohibits minors from purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products across the state. It does not change any other tobacco or nicotine-related statutes.

For more information on CS/SB 224, please visit http://flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0224.


News Release: Florida Senate

Tallahassee–Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice, chaired by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), passed CS/SB 224, which aims to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products to minors. The bill is sponsored by Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) who released the following statement:

“While electronic cigarettes remain unregulated at both the state and national level, Florida’s youth face the very real threat of nicotine addiction and the health risks associated it,” said Leader Benacquisto. “Age restrictions will help keep harmful electronic cigarettes out of the hands of our children, and I am proud to see my fellow Senators vote in support of Senate Bill 224. Our ultimate goal is to keep our children healthy and strong.”

CS/SB 224, which will be considered by the Appropriations Committee next, seeks to include electronic cigarettes under the current statute that prohibits minors from purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products across the state. It does not change any other tobacco or nicotine-related statutes.

For more information on CS/SB 224, please visit http://flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0224.


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