Republican Senator Pushes for More Smoking Restrictions in Florida

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Republican Senator Pushes for More Smoking Restrictions in Florida

There’s a new effort in Florida to give the state’s counties and municipalities the ability to impose more smoking restrictions within the boundaries of public beaches and parks under certain circumstances.

Currently, only the state can impose smoking bans on the state’s various beaches but Sen. Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota) hopes to change that through Senate Bill (SB) 334. SB 334 would make changes in the language of existing Florida Statutes to making it harder for individuals to smoke in public. The changes begin with changing Part II of chapter 386 of Florida Statutes, entitled “Indoor Air: Smoking and Vaping,” which would be changed to a more simplistic “Smoking and vaping.” Also the “Florida Clean Indoor Air Act” would also be amended to read as a broader “Florida Clean Air Act.” SB 334 would also give Florida counties and municipalities additional power to restrict smoking “within the boundaries of any public beaches and public parks they own.” The bill goes on to state:

“Municipalities may further restrict smoking within the boundaries of public beaches and public parks that are within their jurisdiction but are owned by the county if doing so would not conflict with a county ordinance.”