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E-cigarette ban for minors
Florida could become the 28th State to ban electronic cigarettes to minors.
That's if a proposed bill makes it all the way through the state legislature this year.
A Senate committee approved the proposal this week.
Channel Three's Kavontae Smalls has more on what's in the bill and reaction from both smokers and non-smokers.
Apparently not everyone knows it can be easy for minors to get their hands on electronic cigarettes.
"Kids under 18 shouldn't be smoking so shocking I guess because I didn't know."
Amy Wasileski has been smoking for a few months and has a little more information on the types of cigarettes available, and how to get them.
" I think it's one of those things that go under the radar that people really didn't realize it was nicotine but now more peope are using it. Before there were limited places you can buy it, now you can buy it at any gas station, convenience store, anywhere you go."
It's already against the law for those under 18 to buy nicotine based tobacco products. The proposed bill puts e-cigarettes in the same category as traditional cigarettes, and bans selling them to minors.
Judy Fisher said, "If they're 18 and they're already hooked, that's scary they would even consider that kind of cigarette."
Supporters clain that e-cigarettes have fewer chemicals, and are often used by people who are trying to quit smoking.
But the FDA says they can still lead to cancer.
"E-cigarettes still contain a portion of nicotine so if you don't want to sell nicotine to underage people, it makes sense to just quit selling e-cigarettes as well."
A recent survey, from 2011-2012, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control suggests a growing number of minors are using e-cigarettes.
The use is increased among middle and high school students across the nation.
Supporters of the bill hope it will prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts.
The bill will be brought up in the Spring legislative session.