Right now in Florida, the American Heart Association is working with the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to fight House Bill 169. The bill originally intended to prohibit the sale of nicotine products and nicotine dispensing devices (e-cigarettes) to minors. However, an amendment was added last week that would do more harm than good in the fight to protect Florida's children from tobacco.
The amendment preempts authority to state when dealing with the regulation of sales of tobacco products including e-cigarettes. This preemption language would strip local governments of their ability to regulate all tobacco products and e-cigarettes, overturn existing ordinances and block future opportunities to protect kids in the retail environment. The bill now heads to the full House for a vote.
ACTION NEEDED: Please call your Representative today and say, "Hello, my name is [name] from [city]. I would like to ask Representative [Last Name] to oppose House Bill 169."
Don't let Florida take a huge step backwards and lose decades of work at the local level to protect our youth and residents.