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Workplace vaping ban starts next week in Florida

Posted at 5:29 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 17:29:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Starting next week, vaping and the use of electronic cigarettes in most indoor workplaces will be banned.

The change is similar to a long-standing law that prohibits smoking tobacco in places of employment. The vaping ban, which goes into effect on July 1, implements part of a constitutional amendment supported by nearly 70 percent of voters last year.

Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Laura Corbin says the change is important, given the surge in vaping among Florida youth.

“E-cigarette use in public places, and indoors, can re-normalize smoking and threaten to reverse the declines we have had in youth cigarette smoking. So, this is a positive step in youth prevention," said Corbin.

As with the tobacco ban, the new law still allows vaping at private residences and places such as stand-alone bars, designated hotel rooms and retail vape shops.