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Health Groups Push Back Against E-Cig Bill

Health groups are fighting a House measure that they claim will put tobacco products into teens’ hands, the News Service of Florida reports. The Florida House measure HB 169 would prevent those under 18 from buying electronic cigarettes, among other restrictions.  But Florida branches of the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with Student Working Against Tobacco and many local officials are fighting the measure, claiming the bill would take away power at the local level to ban e-cigarettes for minors. 

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.