Protect Florida youth over tobacco industry profits


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This submit was contributed by a group member. The views expressed listed here are the creator’s personal.

Within the midst of an alarming nationwide youth vaping epidemic, 1 out of 4 Florida highschool college students is utilizing e-cigarettes. As a professor of pharmacology and a researcher that has studied the results of nicotine for over 25 years, I strongly imagine that there’s a have to develop insurance policies that restrict youth entry to tobacco and nicotine merchandise. That is one among our greatest instruments for stopping the destructive well being penalties of those chemical compounds. There are presently two payments (SB 1080 and HB 987) being debated within the Florida Legislature that may reverse our good points within the struggle in opposition to this epidemic and which is able to finally facilitate better youth entry to those harmful medicine.

The 2 payments in query would create new classes of nicotine merchandise and nicotine shelling out gadgets that may require duplicative regulatory and enforcement efforts – a waste of invaluable taxpayer {dollars} and obstacles in our struggle in opposition to nicotine habit in kids.

The payments would additionally preempt native governments from having management over the sale and advertising of tobacco merchandise of their communities. For instance, if an area authorities had been to cross a legislation prohibiting the sale of tobacco inside 1000 ft of a faculty to limit ease of entry, the proposed payments would void the legislation and allow the opening of a vape store throughout the road from any college. Preemption is the tobacco business’s #1 legislative purpose. Stopping native management over the sale and advertising of tobacco merchandise by communities has lengthy been a favourite tactic of the tobacco business. Their purpose is to cease the passage of efficient insurance policies that cut back tobacco use, forestall youth addition and finally save lives.

Don’t enable Huge Tobacco to revenue on the expense of our youngsters’s well being. Florida voters ought to oppose SB 1080 and HB 987.

Dr. Javier Cuevas

Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

American Coronary heart Affiliation Tampa Bay Board President

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