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.