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E-cigarette legislation

Anti-smoking advocates have come out against a proposed ban on sales of e-Cigarettes to minors in Florida.
That's because of an amendment to the bill in the state House of Representatives.
It would strip local governments of their ability to enact rules on tobacco sales.

Electronic cigarettes, like this one, are very popular here at "This Ole Smoke Shop" in Milton.

Carolyn Gallop, e-Cigarette user: "I wanted to quit smoking because I was sick and tired of it."
Carolyn Gallops has high hopes after recently buying an e-Cigarette although many researchers aren't yet sure if the devices can actually help people quit.

"My sister got one and she loves it. She's almost quit smoking totally."
Cindy Hartsell, the president of This Ole Smoke Shop, says the store sells 5 to 10 e-Cigarettes a day.

"No one under 18. No. I would not sell it to them."   
Even though the law allows it, Hartsell says she won't sell e-Cigarettes to minors.
She supports a proposed ban being considered by state lawmakers that would outlaw sales of the gadgets to children under 18.

Kahreem Golden, FSU Student: E-Cigarettes are not about helping people quit smoking."
At the state capitol, anti-smoking advocates held a protest against a version of the ban that's in the House of Representatives.

Brenda Olsen, Florida Lung Association: "This bill would essentially strip all the good work and ordinances that have been done by our local cities and counties."
They oppose an amendment they say would kill some local ordinances and stop local governments from being able to regulate tobacco.
But many retailers and others who support a ban are all for that idea.
Cindy Hartsell: "It should be the state. That way it's fair to everyone."
"People travel all over the place and they might not know all the rules in the different counties and stuff so if it's mandated to be the state then it will be uniform all over the state of Florida."

A final decision on the e-Cigarette ban is expected to be made by May 2nd.
That's the last day of Florida's Legislative Session.