BAY COUNTY-- Starting Tuesday it will be against the law to sell electronic cigarettes to minors in Florida. The measure is similar to bans on sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Earlier this month Governor Rick Scott signed a bill making it illegal to sell e-cigs to minors and for minors to possess them. However, local business owners say the change in legislation won't effect their checkbooks and most anticipated the upcoming government restrictions.
"We haven't sold to under 18 since we opened. Our theory was you couldn't buy cigarettes unless you were 18 you shouldn't buy these," said Brian Walters, Seabreeze Vapor owner. Bob Brown, owner of Dr. Vape It on the beach agrees, "Quite honestly, I don't think it's going to impact us very much."
Retailers say those sweet juice mixtures like Fruity Pebbles and Mountain Dew are not marketed toward kids. They're popular because ex-smokers want a product that doesn't taste like tobacco.
Marcy Brown owner of Dr. Vape It says, "A lot of people that want to stop smoking want to stay away from tobacco products. They don't want to have anything to do with tobacco taste, tobacco anything." Brown adds, "Would it appeal to kids sure, but how different are those than the fruity flavored liquors."
Florida joins states including Oklahoma, Kentucky, Connecticut and Delaware, whose governors recently signed similar laws.