A Florida bill to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products took a step forward today as the state’s House of Representatives passed it by a 99-17 vote, just under a week after the Senate passed it by a 34-4 vote.

The bill, S.B. 810, would also raise the minimum age to possess tobacco products or products such as e-cigarettes to 21-years-old.

The House’s version of the bill also includes amendments, one of which would prevent the state from charging an annual permit fee on a retailer that deals solely in liquid nicotine products, nicotine products or vapor-generating electronic devices. A retailer who falls into that category would be issued a limited retail tobacco products dealer permit once their application was approved, different from what a retailer of traditional tobacco products would be issued, and which would still come with a fee.

The amendments must now be agreed to by the Senate before it can be sent to the governor for his signature.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.