Florida’s Decision to Veto Flavour Ban Benefited Public Health


Last year, Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis listened to the concerns of smokers and tobacco harm reduction experts, vetoing a bill that would have banned flavours in safer nicotine alternative products. Recent data are proving he took the right decision. 

Last year, the state legislature had passed a bill banning e-cigarette flavours. The bill would have been detrimental to the industry, but most importantly it would have denied smokers their preferred safer alternatives, making it harder for them to stay off cigarettes, whilst deterring many others from switching.

Thankfully DeSantis, had listened to the concerns of local vapers and public health experts and rejected the bill. “While originally conceived as a bill to raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 (which is superfluous given this is already mandated by federal law), SB 810 effectively bans tobacco-free vaping flavors used by hundreds of thousands of Floridians as a reduced-risk alternative to cigarettes, which are more dangerous,” said Gov. DeSantis in his veto message.

While this move was commended by experts, recent data are now confirming that the Governor took the right decision. An article on Reason refers to a handful of renowned studies indicating that youth vaping rates are dropping, more smokers have quit via e-cigarettes than any other NRT. Moreover, a study from the Yale School of Public Health found that adult vapers who use flavours are ore likely to quit smoking than those who use tobacco flavours.

Read full article here.

Diane Caruana – Vaping Post – 2021-12-31.

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