After vetoing a somewhat similar bill last year, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that will raise the state’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old as of Oct. 1.
However, the bill also includes an exemption for members of the military, a provision which is in conflict with the federal increase to the tobacco purchasing age signed by former President Trump in December 2019.
While SB 1080 raises the purchasing age for tobacco, it doesn’t regulate flavored vaping products, something that proved to be the downfall of SB 810 in 2020. DeSantis asserted that such products had been helpful in helping Floridians stop using tobacco when he informed the legislature of his veto.
The bill that DeSantis did sign also requires that retailers who sell non-tobacco nicotine products will be required to get a permit, but unlike those who sell tobacco and have to pay $50 for their license, nicotine product retailers won’t have to pay for their license. Local lawmakers will also be prohibited from enacting any laws that are stricter than state law,