TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A debate on electronic cigarettes ignited Monday as health groups rallied against them at the capitol.
The groups included the American Lung Association and Students Working Against Tobacco.
They're speaking up against House Bill 169, saying it has a hidden agenda.
The measure would prohibit the sale of e-cigs to minors, but the groups say it also strips local governments of their power to regulate tobacco products and overturn existing ordinances.
"The bill is however unenforceable and a gimmick by the tobacco industry to preempt local communities from protecting their youth. We're here to fight the tobacco industry and that bill," said Kahreem Golden, an FSU student who represents Students Working Against Tobacco.
The bill passed three committees and is on its second reading in the Florida house.