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Bill would ban e-cigarettes indoors

Publication Date: 1/20/2016
  • Author:Mike Ford
  • Publication:Clay Today Online

Rep. Shawn Harrison (R-Tampa) introduced House Bill 1143 last week to expand the reach of the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act – originally passed in 1985 – to include nicotine dispensing devices that emit vapor instead of smoke. Chris Johnston, owner of Vapor Craft in Orange Park, wants state legislators to research the issue before taking a final vote...

The bill is being debated in the Florida House Health Quality Subcommittee and may not make it to the full house, or could get there in an amended form. For now, the original version does not specify whether vapor lounges would be exempt or not. The bill simply adds language to existing law to "revise the definition of the term 'smoking' to include the use of nicotine dispensing devices."