Miami, United States
The Mayor of Miami Beach banned the use of nicotine vaporizers and other alternatives to cigarettes in all city parks as part of a campaign to address what qualifies as a "health crisis."
The measure follows the announcement of an investigation throughout Florida to determine if there are electronic cigarette companies that have strategies aimed at capturing minors as customers, made this Wednesday by the state attorney general, Ashley Moody.RELATED
"As the fundamental purpose of the municipal government is to protect the health, safety and general well-being of residents and visitors, the city of Miami Beach prohibits smoking with nicotine vaporizers and similar products in all its parks," says the municipal ordinance.
The mayor of the tourist Miami Beach, Dan Gelber, stressed in statements to the media that signs are going to be placed in all the parks of the city to warn of the ban.
However, so far it has not been reported what the punishment will be for those who violate the ordinance.
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This Wednesday the Florida attorney general announced that 22 companies in the electronic cigarette sector with a presence in this state will be thoroughly investigated to determine if teenagers are the target of their internet marketing and sales policies.
"I pledge with you to get to the bottom of this very important issue for the future of Florida's youth," Moody said during a press conference at an educational institute in Plant City, near Tampa (west coast of Florida), where He met with educators, parents and police.
The Republican Moody has announced that she wants to know why more and more teenagers are using vapers, where they acquire information about this habit and how the product reaches their hands.
In Florida, according to the Tobacco Free Florida organization, 25% of high school students recognized in 2018 that they used electronic cigarettes regularly, which means an increase of 58% compared to 2017.
The percentage of young consumers of electronic cigarettes contrasts with that of adults, which, according to the same source, was 4% in 2018.
Last September there was the first death due to lung problems related to vaping in Florida.
According to the government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of October 8, 26 deaths and 1,299 cases of lung injury associated with the use of electronic cigarette products or vaping in the country had been reported.
All patients reported a history of using electronic cigarettes or vaporizers, according to the CDC. EFE text and photo.