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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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Wednesday marks the 24th annual “Kick Butts Day,” in which the group Students Working against Tobacco raises awareness of tobacco-related health problems.

But this year’s theme -- “Not a Lab Rat” – actually targets vaping.

“Typically on Kick Butts Day the youth in Escambia County and really across the state stand up against the messages that Big Tobacco tries to push out across the nation,” said Vanessa Phillips at the Florida Department of Health in Escambia 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.

In our next look at the proposed amendments from the Constitutional Revision Commission affecting northwest Florida, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks at the one dealing with offshore drilling and vaping.

It’s perhaps the “Odd Couple” among the 12 proposed amendments – including the ones from the Legislature and from petitions. If approved by 60 percent of voters in November, Amendment-9 would ban offshore gas and oil drilling off Florida – along with vaping and electronic cigarettes in the workplace.

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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.