Florida State Passes Law Targeting Children's E-Cigarette Products

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Florida State Passes Law Targeting Children's E-Cigarette Products
Florida approves child-oriented e-cigarette regulations as part of bill targeting illegal manufacturers and sellers led by Attorney General Ashley Moody.

According to the American media outlet Orlandoweekly, Florida approved a scaled-down version of a bill this week targeting e-cigarette products for children. The bill, which gives Attorney General Ashley Moody the authority to take action against illegal e-cigarette manufacturers and sellers, was passed.


The bill (HB 1007) underwent significant revisions and was unanimously passed by the Senate on Tuesday. It was overwhelmingly approved by the House on Thursday and is now ready to be submitted to Governor Ron DeSantis. Senator Keith Perry stated that the bill is targeting disposable e-cigarettes. This marks a significant change from previous plans.


This is still a very good bill, and it is something that the Attorney General must prove through it, that these companies are marketing to children, and she can regulate and remove these products from the market. Anyway, this is indeed the issue. We do not care about adults who vape e-cigarettes, that's their business.


Earlier, lawmakers considered a proposal to strictly limit the sale of certain products. Under the initial plan, about 20 products sold by subsidiaries of Juul Labs and other tobacco companies were deemed legal. This measure sparked strong protests from many e-cigarette retailers, who argued that the plan would force small businesses across the state to close. This week's change will allow for the creation of a registry of banned products after an administrative process. Nick Orlando, chairman of the Florida Smoke-Free Association, stated in a Friday announcement, "We are grateful that they have listened to all of our concerns.


Perry claims that when Juul and other companies stopped producing disposable e-cigarettes, Chinese companies took over production. In the past few years, Juul agreed to pay nearly $3 billion to settle lawsuits filed by various states alleging that the company enticed children to purchase addictive nicotine products. In October of last year, the Moody's office filed a lawsuit at Hillsborough County Circuit Court, accusing the company of engaging in improper marketing targeted at children.


Currently, this case is still pending trial.


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