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Florida bill would hike smoking, vaping age from 18 to 21

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BERLIN, GERMANY – MAY 04: A young woman smokes a cigarette during a break outside an office building on May 4, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Smoking is banned in Germany in restaurants and most indoor venues. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The minimum age for Floridians to possess tobacco and vaping products that deliver nicotine would rise from 18 to 21 under legislation passed by the Senate.

The bill passed on a 33-6 vote on Tuesday. It would set the minimum age to buy or possess cigars, cigarettes and chewing tobacco, as well as any nicotine product and vaping devices.

The bill was sent to the House, which has its own legislation to raise the tobacco and vaping minimum age. The House bill, however, also would raise the minimum age for smokable medical marijuana to 21.

The Legislature has until Friday to work out differences in the bill before the legislation can go to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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