Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade bans e-cigarette sales to minors

Earlier this year, Florida lawmakers outlawed the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

But Gov. Rick Scott hasn’t signed the legislation yet. So the Miami-Dade County Commission voted Tuesday to enact the same restrictions proposed by the state.

The county legislation, sponsored by Commissioner Barbara Jordan, bans the sale of e-cigarettes and other “nicotine-dispensing devices” to people under 18. It also prohibits displaying or selling the products in vending machines.

Legislators took the same steps in approving SB 224 in April. An early version of the state law would have prohibited local governments from setting their own rules, but that provision was scrapped.

In February, Miami-Dade banned e-cigarettes from county-owned buildings, including those belonging to the Jackson Health System. On Tuesday, commissioners approved the actual workplace rules, which will also apply to facilities leased by the county and to county-owned vehicles.