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Bill would hike smoking and vaping age from 18 to 21 in Florida

Posted at 5:27 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 17:27:25-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The minimum age for Floridians to possess tobacco and vaping products that deliver nicotine would rise from 18 to 21 under legislation passed by the Senate.

The bill passed on a 33-6 vote on Tuesday. It would set the minimum age to buy or possess cigars, cigarettes and chewing tobacco, as well as any nicotine product and vaping devices.

The bill was sent to the House, which has its own legislation to raise the tobacco and vaping minimum age. The House bill, however, also would raise the minimum age for smokable medical marijuana to 21.

The Legislature has until Friday to work out differences in the bill before the legislation can go to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.