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Use of electronic cigarettes — vaping — in most indoor workplaces in Florida will be banned as of next week. The change is similar to a long-standing law that prohibits smoking tobacco at work.

Taking effect Monday, the sanction is part of an amendment outlawing both vaping and offshore oil drilling. The Florida Constitution Revision Commission voted to place Amendment 9 on last November’s ballot. Voter approval statewide was 69%; 68% in Escambia County, 62% in Santa Rosa, and 67% in Okaloosa County.

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A voter-approved ban on electronic smoking devices in workplaces is moving forward in the Senate, without a proposal by anti-smoking advocates to redefine vaping devices as tobacco products.

The Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee last week backed a bill that would carry out the part of Amendment Nine that bans vaping in some indoor locations. The proposal, bundled by the Constitution Revision Commission with a prohibition on drilling for gas and oil in state coastal waters,  gained 69 percent voter approval.

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   A new survey by the Florida Department of Health shows teens aren’t smoking as much as they used to, but they are still finding a way to get nicotine.

Just under seven percent of high school students in Florida smoked cigarettes last year, according to the state Department of Health’s 18th annual Youth Tobacco Survey. That represents a 1.7% drop from 2013.

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A bill filed in the Florida House would regulate the sale and use of e-cigarettes in the state.   Florida State Representative Ron "Doc" Renuart, a republican representing the Florida 17th near Jacksonville, said if it's enacted the bill would, among other things make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18.  A similar bill has been introduced in the Florida Senate.