FLORIDA

 
FLAVOR BAN WOULD VAPORIZE TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION, ELIMINATE SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE

May 1, 2020

KEY POINTS:

  • Senate Bill 810 would require permits for persons or corporations, enact a retail fee for the sale of vapor products, and would prohibit persons “from selling, delivering, bartering, furnishing, or giving flavored liquid nicotine products to any other person.”

  • Smoking-related health issues costs Florida $8.64 billion in annual health care costs, including $1.51 billion in Medicaid costs. According to the Florida Health, 28,600 Floridians die annually from smoking-related illnesses.

  • Vapor products have helped an estimated three million smokers quit combustible cigarettes and are twice as effective in helping smokers quit.

  • According to numerous public health organizations, vapor products are significantly less harmful than smoking, with Public Health England noting that e-cigarettes are "95% safer than smoking."

  • E-cigarettes and vapor products have also been an economic boon to the Sunshine State.  

    • In 2018, the vapor industry’s total economic impact to Florida was over $1.4 billion, including more than $82 million in state taxes.

    • In the same year, the industry created 5,353 direct vaping-related jobs, which generated $198 million in wages.

  • There is no evidence flavor bans will reduce youth e-cigarette use.

    • Santa Clara County, California banned flavored tobacco products to age restricted stores in 2014.

    • Youth use of e-cigarettes increased after the ban went into effect. For example, in 2015-16, 7.5 percent of Santa Clara high school students reported current use of e-cigarettes. In 2017-18, this increased to 10.7 percent.

  • There is no evidence that youth use e-cigarettes products solely due to flavors. In analysis of five state surveys on youth e-cigarette use, only 15.6 percent of high school students cited using e-cigarettes because of flavors.

  • Florida dedicates very little in existing tobacco moneys on programs that can help Floridians quit.

    • In 2019, Florida received an estimated $1.5347 billion in revenue generated by tobacco settlement payments and tobacco taxes.

    • In the same year, the Sunshine State dedicated only $70.4 million of state funds, or less than one percent of tobacco moneys, on tobacco control and prevention programs.

TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION 101: FLORIDA

January 14, 2020

Key Points: 

  • Florida’s vaping industry provided more than $1.5 billion in economic activity in 2018 while generating 5,353 direct vaping-related jobs. Sales of disposables and prefilled cartridges in Florida exceeded $41.7 million in 2016.

  • As of January 7, 2020, FDH has reported 110 cases of vaping-related lung illness, including two deaths. FDH does not provide information on age, gender, and substances vaped. FDH earns an F for its lack of transparency on vaping-related lung illnesses.

  • In 2019, 25.6 percent of Florida high school students reported using vapor products on at least one day in the previous 30 days. There is no information on frequent and/or daily e-cigarette use. More data is needed.   

  • Only 3 percent of FDA retail compliance checks in Florida resulted in sales of e-cigarettes to minors from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

  • Florida spends very little on tobacco prevention. In 2019, Florida dedicated only $70.4 million on tobacco control, or 4 percent of what the state received in tobacco settlement payments and taxes.

FLORIDA LEGISLATION DEFINES E-CIGARETTES AS TOBACCO PRODUCTS, WOULD RESTRICT ACCESS

March 25, 2019
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