By: Angela Garrity
CBS Miami reports that Florida declined to go T21, merely a day after the Senate signed off on the proposal.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved its version of the bill on Tuesday, sending the proposed bill to raise the minimum tobacco purchase age to the House for consideration.
Both chambers’ measures include a “pre-emption” provision that would ban local governments from passing ordinances dealing with the age to purchase tobacco or vaping products. In addition, both plans would exclude members of the military from the age restriction.
“I think it would be difficult in the House to move the age for smoking,” the Miami Lakes Republican said. “I think that a lot of people feel in this chamber that 18 years is an adult, and adults should be able to make their own decisions.” Said House speaker José Oliva.
The folks over at the American Heart Association are not happy with this decision by the Sunshine State. The American Heart Association has endorsed T21 general efforts, however the association accused the tobacco industry of including provisions in the House and Senate proposals that “ruined” the bills.
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