More teenagers are trying electronic cigarettes - known as e-cigarettes - according to a study by the University of Florida. Researchers found that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to use other tobacco products.
E-cigarettes produce vapor from a liquid that comes in a variety of flavors, like bubble gum and cotton candy. The liquid can be bought with or without nicotine.
E-cigarettes aren't made with tobacco, but they vaporize a mixture of flavorings -- and nicotine. Because of the nicotine, e-cigarettes are addictive. But until recently, there were no laws in Florida banning their sale to minors.
State Rep. Frank Artiles sponsored a bill to ban e-cigarette sales to people under the age of 18. He says he was inspired to sponsor the bill after witnessing a 12-year old "vaping" an e-cigarette at an amusement park.
"Because the FDA has not ruled on the e-cigarettes, I thought it'd be a great bill to protect our youth," he says.
The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to rule on a ground-breaking case out of Florida. Pitting Tobacco companies against smokers, this seems to be one strike against the corporations.
In 2006, the Florida Supreme Court ruled against big tobacco companies in a decision that has come to be known as the Engle Case. Life-long smoker, physician, and Miami-Beach resident Howard Engle was the lead plaintiff.
If you’re under 18 and try to buy a pack of cigarettes in Florida – well, you can’t.
And three Broward County cities have passed laws to ensure the same thing happens with the trendy new electronic alternative to a pack of “smokes.”
This week, Weston banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. The ordinance makes Weston the third Broward County city to try to regulate the sale of the increasingly popular devices where kids are concerned. Sunrise and Lighthouse Point recently passed similar ordinances.
Jeremy Brock was working an overnight shift stocking shelves at a grocery store when he felt excruciating pain in his chest.
"I haven't felt anything that painful in my life," he says. "It was really hard to breathe. I couldn't breathe."
His lung had just collapsed.
Brock was taken to the hospital and given medication to ease the pain from the puncture in his lung. He says nurses didn’t tell him the cause of the incident but he thought it was likely due to his heavy smoking.