Florida Voters Ban Vaping in Public

Odd-ball Amendment 9 passes easily on Election Day.

November 08, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Floridians gave public vaping two thumbs down when the state’s unusual Amendment 9 passed with no trouble on Tuesday. More than 60% of Florida’s voters approved the single amendment that made up a double ban on most public vaping and on offshore drilling, two proposals that were bundled together on the state ballot, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The two-part amendment was the result of Florida’s Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC), which meets every 20 years to streamline state laws. That effort resulted in bundling two loosely related issues connected to health and the environment.

Many citizens disagreed with the bundling effort, citing philosophical objections to deciding on two disparate issues with a single vote. “It makes no sense to the average voter why they were put together,” Susan MacManus, a South Florida political science professor, told news reporters,

As late as a week ago, opponents were challenging the two-part amendment with a lawsuit seeking to separate the issues on the ballot, but the Florida Supreme Court disagreed.

Florida banned smoking in workplaces more than 15 years ago. With the passage of Amendment 9 the state adds vaping and electronic cigarettes to the existing ban.