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Florida seeks to ban electronic cigarette sales to minors

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A bill seeking to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products to minors is making its way through the Florida Senate.

“I am encouraged to see that SB 224 continues to garner support in the Senate,” state Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, said in a statement. “The use of electronic cigarettes is becoming increasingly popular among Florida’s youth, and yet there are still no age restrictions at both the state and federal level on the purchase of these harmful products.”

“By regulating electronic cigarettes like other tobacco products,” she added, “Florida will be one step closer to preventing a new generation of nicotine addicts.”

The measure would include “electronic cigarettes under the current statute that prohibits minors from purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products across the state,” according to the statement. The bill does not propose any changes to other tobacco or nicotine-related statutes.

Read more about Senate Bill 224.

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