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Bill Would Keep E-Cigarettes From Kids

A bill to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors gained legislative support this week, according to the Miami Herald.

Reps. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, and Doc Renuart, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, sponsored the House version, which won approval from its first committee. The Senate version, (SB224), passed through two committees, including Appropriations.

Several cities also have made it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors, the Herald reports. 

The ban proposal comes as the number of e-cigarette retailers across the state surges, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Sellers such as T.D. Bowen in Tampa say they take advantage of the recent shift from tobacco use to the battery-operated liquid-nicotine devices, the Times reports. 

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