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Majority Office — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 7, 2013

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Bill Banning Electronic Cigarette Sales to Minors Passes First Senate Committee

Tallahassee —

Today, Senate Bill 224, which aims to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products to minors, unanimously passed through the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries, chaired by Senator Kelli Stargel (R- Lakeland). The bill is sponsored by Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) who released the following statement:

“Electronic cigarettes and similar devices have the potential to encourage life-long addictive and unhealthy habits in children,” said Leader Benacquisto. “Unfortunately there are currently no state or federal age restrictions on the purchase of these products, but by regulating their sale to minors, Florida can stay ahead of the growing market and keep these products out of the hands of our children.”

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 Senate Bill 224, please visit http://flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0224.

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