Florida voters overwhelmingly supported Amendment 9 and approved a constitutional amendment that will ensure all Floridians and future generations will continue to breathe clean air.
The passing of Amendment 9 requires Florida’s Clean Indoor Air Act to be updated to include e-cigarettes in the upcoming legislative session. Once the legislature takes action, the use of e-cigarettes will be prohibited wherever smoking is prohibited in Florida.
“This is a huge victory for nonsmokers in Florida who have a right to breathe clean air that doesn’t put their lives at risk,” said Robert Sanchez, MD, FACC, president of the American Heart Association’s Greater Southeast Affiliate board of directors and director of cardiovascular medicine at HCA West Florida’s Northside Hospital & Tampa Bay Heart Institute. “It is also a big win for our youth. When e-cigarettes are allowed in places where smoking is not, it can change what children consider acceptable. Passing Amendment 9 will ensure that smoke-free environments remain the norm.”