According to a study by the Institute of Medicine published in 2015, paid for by the United States Food and Drug Administration, raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 would reduce the number of lung cancer related deaths by 50,000.

The Florida legislature is now trying to raise the minimum age with hopes of seeing those results.

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Tobacco Free Florida is partnering with a state workforce board to help unemployed Floridians who smoke have a better chance at employment.

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A bill making it illegal for adults to smoke in the vehicle where certain minors are present is close to heading to the Senate floor, after passing another committee Tuesday.

Smoke Out Tallahassee is this weekend. It’s a local take on a national event to encourage people to quit smoking.

North Florida Women’s Health Care is partnering with the Big Bend Area Health Education Center to host the 2nd annual event on Saturday.

It’s derived from the Great American Smoke Out day, which is the third Thursday of November.

The Tallahassee event is expected to feature vendors, who will provide information on how to quit smoking.

There will also be food demonstrations, education lectures, and health screenings.

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One bill that some say would preempt local rules has anti-tobacco groups demanding it to be killed. The health advocates say the measure banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors also undoes local restrictions in more than 50 cities and counties.

A bill allowing local governments across Florida to ban smoking on playgrounds passed its first Senate committee Thursday. But, some wonder about the bill’s true intention.

Speaking before the Senate Regulated Industries Committee Thursday, Fleming Island Republican Senator Rob Bradley outlined his smoking ban bill.

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There are a number of measures restricting smoking that have already been filed for the Florida’s 2014 legislative session—so far, all aimed at kids. So, what's the driving force behind all these smoking bans?

Florida's Smoking Ban Bills Filed For 2014

Last month, the Senate Regulated Industries committee voted unanimously on the Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto’s proposal to ban minors from buying E-cigarettes.

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The end of the investigation of Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston this week shut the door on criminal charges, but also opened a discussion of how sexual assault is talked about.  As Stan Jastrzebski reports, experts say the rhetoric surrounding the star quarterback may foretell who’s best suited to take the handoff from the Winston case and run with it.

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Most states in the nation have some type of smoking ban on the books, but only a few states prohibit smoking in cars with kids present. One lawmaker hopes to add Florida to that list.

Tallahassee City Commissioners are considering a ban on hiring smokers in order to help stem a five-million dollar budget shortfall. But, Tallahassee wouldn’t be the first city in Florida to make such a move.

Smoking cigarettes can lead to heart disease, hypertension, cancer and depending on where you live in Florida, unemployment. Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox said smokers present a higher health care cost to the city and it’s not fair for taxpayers to subsidize a bad habit.


Efforts to legalize medical marijuana have gotten a lot of attention in Tallahassee this year.  But that hasn’t slowed down a bill to ban bongs and other devices used to consume pot and other mind-bending substances.  That bill is garnering overwhelming approval in the Florida Senate. 

Democratic Representative Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg is the sponsor of the bill to outlaw the sale of certain smoking pipes and devices across Florida.

A Florida lawmaker wants all tobacco companies to pay the same regardless of whether they were part of a 1997 legal settlement or not. Senator Thad Altman from Melbourne says the bill would right a mistake in not including all tobacco companies in the suit requiring the companies involved to pay a fee per cigarette sold.

Teen Smoking In Florida Hits Record Low

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The number of Florida high school students smoking cigarettes is dropping. A recent study by the Florida Department of Health shows a 23 percent decrease in high school smoking.

About 25-hundred Floridians die from secondhand smoke each year, and a bill to further cut down on that is moving forward in the Florida Legislature. As Sascha Cordner reports, one Florida lawmaker is trying give local governments more room to further ban outdoor smoking on their properties, but some lawmakers worry about the unintended consequences of the proposal.

Republican Senator Alan Hays of Umatilla says if cities and counties want to ban smoking in AND around their buildings, they ought to have that right: