Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody thanked state lawmakers on Friday for passing legislation aimed at curbing teen vaping.
SB 810, which would strengthen age-verification requirements while banning flavored products that appeal to kids, bringing age requirements in line with federal guidelines, as well as requiring minors caught possessing e-cigarette products and devices to undergo vaping education classes, passed in the Senate on March 12. It heads now to Gov. Ron De Santis’ desk for signing.
“As I learned last summer during my statewide fact-finding mission, vaping is taking over our schools and addicting our kids. That is why I took swift action—launching a teen-vaping investigation in Florida involving some 20 companies and leading a multistate investigation into JUUL,” Moody said. “I want to thank Senator Simmons, Representative Toledo, Senator Flores, and each and every member who voted in favor of this bill to protect Florida’s children. As I said after announcing my fact-finding mission, we cannot stand idly by while the next generation becomes addicted to nicotine. Our legislative leaders agreed, and I am proud of the swift action they took to stop underage vaping and protect our children.”
According to a 2019 Florida Department of Health report, nearly one in four Florida high school students admit to vaping, an increase of 63 percent from 2017 to 2018. The Department of Health reported more than 119 cases of vaping-related illnesses, 110 of them from 2019.