The News Service of Florida, The Miami Herald — By Jim Saunders
TALLAHASSEE — Nobody in the Capitol, it seems, wants minors to buy electronic cigarettes.
But an effort to ban sales of the trendy nicotine-delivery tubes to people under 18 has run into controversy in the state House.
Health groups and local governments are criticizing a bill (HB 169) that would ban e-cigarette sales to minors because the measure also would prevent cities and counties from passing their own regulations on the sales of electronic cigarettes and tobacco products.
The House Regulatory Affairs Committee on Thursday voted 12-5 to approve the bill, after the proposed ban on local regulations — known in Tallahassee-speak as state “preemption” — drew criticism from groups such as the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, the Florida League of Cities and the Florida Association of Counties.