Florida’s Amendment 9, a combo measure that bans both offshore oil drilling and indoor vaping, passed with 69% of voter support.
The workplace vaping ban was endorsed by a slew of environmental groups, as well as public health groups including the American Cancer Society and Physicians for Social Responsibility.
But what does the passage Florida’s Amendment 9 mean for you?
Basically, Amendment 9 prohibits the use of vapor-generating electronic devices in enclosed indoor workplaces. That means you’ll have to go outside or to a designated smoking area if you need to get your fix.
There are some notable exceptions to the new policy. The vaping police will not be busting down your door if you’re a telecommuter or freelancer working from home and vaping at your desk, or let’s be honest here, your sofa. Workplace vaping is still allowed in private residences that are not being used for child care, adult care, or healthcare; in retail vaping and tobacco shops; in designated smoking areas such as that little glass box at the airport, and hotel guest rooms where smoking is allowed; as well as in stand-alone bars.
A lot of the language in the new amendment is focused on defining exactly what constitutes an e-cigarette or vaping device — basically anything electronic that creates vapor—so if you’re looking for a loophole, you’re probably going to be out of luck.
Florida joins 10 other states that prohibit workplace vaping statewide. According to the American Nonsmokers Rights Association, workplace vaping is banned in California, Delaware, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont.
While many Florida voters were perplexed about the connection between indoor vaping and offshore oil drilling on the ballot, they supported the measure to revise the state constitution in overwhelming numbers.
The workplace vaping ban takes effect on January 8, 2019.
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