What to Know
State Rep. Jackie Toledo, a Republican from Tampa, plans to introduce legislation that would raise the age of buying products to 21.
Florida’s top cop announced a major investigation Wednesday into the growing epidemic of teen vaping that is sweeping both the state and the country.
Attorney General Ashley Moody, at a press conference at a high school in Tampa with law enforcement and educational officials, said the investigation will look into over 20 of the biggest companies producing the product.
"Our investigation will focus on the marketing practices and online sales strategies of these companies to determine if they have intentionally targeted minors, tempting them to vape, and will also seek information to determine if these companies can support their marketing and health claims," Moody said. "I commit to you, that we will get to the bottom of this issue so important to the future of Florida’s youth."
Of the 22 companies being investigated, five are based out of either Miami-Dade or Broward.
The Florida Department of Health reports that one out of every four high school students admitted to vaping and there was a 58 percent increase in the use of e-cigarettes from 2017 to 2018. Moody has traveled the state in an effort to find out how students are getting the products needed and learning how to use them.
NBC affiliate WFLA-TV reports that State Rep. Jackie Toledo, a Republican from Tampa, plans to introduce legislation that would raise the age of buying vaping and tobacco products to 21 during the upcoming legislative session.