July 3, 2019 – Effective July 1, a new voter-approved law takes effect under the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act (FCIAA) that bans vaping and the use of e-cigarettes in workplaces. In November 2018, Floridavoters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 9 that was enacted by the legislative commission and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 26.
The long-term health effects of e-cigarette use, or vaping, are still unknown, but here is what we do know:
- E-cigarette aerosol – aka vapor – is NOT harmless “water vapor,” as many mistakenly believe.1
- The aerosol that users breathe from an e-cigarette device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances including cancer-causing chemicals and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. 2
- Some of the ingredients in e-cigarette aerosol could be harmful to your lungs. For example, some e-cigarette flavorings may be safe to eat but not to inhale because the gut can process more substances than the lungs.3,4
- Bystanders exposed to e-cigarette aerosol can also absorb its nicotine.5
This addition to the FCIAA will not restrict use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices inside private residences, retail tobacco and vapor-generating electronic device shops, standalone bars or hotel rooms where smoking is allowed. The law as written also does not affect more restrictive local vapor ordinances.
The Florida Legislature first enacted the FCIAA in 1985 to protect people from the health hazards of secondhand smoke. In 2003, the Legislature passed a voter-approved amendment to prohibit smoking in workplaces that previously allowed smoking. Because of that amendment, Florida law prohibits smoking in most indoor public and private businesses, including restaurants. While there are exceptions, including standalone bars, the amendment makes it possible for many Floridians to go about their daily lives without being involuntarily exposed to secondhand smoke. For more information about the FCIAA, visit tobaccofreeflorida.com/FCIAA.