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A new federal law bans anyone less than 21-years-old from purchasing tobacco products--including vaporizers. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are considering new legislation aimed at enforcing that law. But some say the state's proposed penalties aren’t harsh enough to be effective.

A local legislator is taking steps to combat what she calls "an alarming and urgent healthcare crisis” – especially among young people.

Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, said she is introducing legislation to raise the legal age to purchase vaping and tobacco products to 21.

Senate Tees Up ‘T21’ Smoking Age Bill

Apr 30, 2019
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Florida Senate is poised to vote on a measure that would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21, after making changes Monday to bring the proposal closer to the House’s version.

The Senate’s proposal had included an exemption for cigars, an apparent attempt to win over votes by Senate Democrats, whose leader, Audrey Gibson, represents a district where Jacksonville-based Swisher International, known for its “Swisher Sweets” cigars, is based.

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According to a study by the Institute of Medicine published in 2015, paid for by the United States Food and Drug Administration, raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 would reduce the number of lung cancer-related deaths by 50,000. 

Senators Support Raising Minimum Smoking Age

Mar 26, 2019
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A Senate committee on Monday approved a bill that would increase the minimum smoking age in the state from 18 to 21. 

Would raising the age to buy tobacco products lower the cost of healthcare in Florida? One lawmaker thinks so.