Florida appears to be on the road towards joining the Tobacco 21 movement, while another bill also moving through the state legislature would ban indoor vaping at work.
Senate bill 1618, which would raise from 18 to 21 the age for possession of tobacco products, including “electronic smoking devices”, was approved yesterday (2nd April) by a Senate committee. The innovation, industry and technology committee voted eight to two in favour of the bill, which was filed in March.
The bill would also prohibit the sale of tobacco products from vending machines and insist that retailers provide a training programme for employees on the use and sale of tobacco products. Training would include procedures for the examination of identification cards in order to verify that customers are not under 21.