State Se­nate pres­i­dent’s son urges him to com­bat va­p­ing

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Dara Kam

TAL­LA­HAS­SEE — As state law­mak­ers pon­der how or if re­spond to teenagers’ sky­rock­et­ing at­trac­tion to va­p­ing, one univer­sity stu­dent with a fam­ily tie is in­flu­enc­ing the Florida Se­nate leader’s stance on the is­sue.

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bill Gal­vano has made curb­ing va­p­ing one of his pri­or­i­ties for the leg­isla­tive ses­sion that starts Jan. 14, in part be­cause his son Wil­liam urged him to com­bat the wide­spread use of e-cig­a­rettes among stu­dents.

“He said, ‘Dad, you should see the preva­lence on cam­pus,’” Gal­vano said in a re­cent in­ter­view. “He said, ‘You have to do some­thing.’”

Gal­vano joked that the ad­vice from his son, who at­tends Florida State Univer­sity, is “usu­ally bet­ter ad­vice than I get from a lot of other sources.”

But the Braden­ton Repub­li­can is se­ri­ous about tak­ing on a topic that’s gar­nered push­back from some other state lead­ers, in­clud­ing Gov. Ron DeSan­tis.

“I feel like we have to take a hard look at it, po­lit­i­cally pop­u­lar or not,” Gal­vano said.

The fo­cus comes amid a na­tional out­cry over what some health of­fi­cials con­sider an epi­demic among young peo­ple, as va­p­ing en­gulfs mid­dle and high schools, as well as col­lege cam­puses. Also, it comes af­ter in­juries and deaths from va­p­ing-re­lated lung in­juries in Florida and across the coun­try.

“I’m very con­cerned about what I see hap­pen­ing with va­p­ing and who is va­p­ing and the med­i­cal is­sues that arise,” Gal­vano said.

Florida law re­stricts the use of e-cig­a­rettes or va­p­ing prod­ucts to peo­ple 18 or older, the same as the le­gal age for smok­ing to­bacco.

Gal­vano said he’s con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of rais­ing the va­p­ing age to 21, along with other mea­sures, such as in­creased penal­ties for re­tail­ers who sell e-cig­a­rettes or va­p­ing prod­ucts to mi­nors.

“The age is­sue is big. Hav­ing real teeth in en­force­ment on sales to mi­nors is im­por­tant,” he said.

very short, and usu­ally does not ac­cu­mu­late on the ground. Con­di­tions have to be just right for flur­ries/snow­fall, oth­er­wise it will be a cold rain.”

Trans­la­tion: Don’t waste your money on a snow shovel.

It can get frosty ev­ery decade or so. Home De­pot prob­a­bly sold a lot of ice scrap­ers as last-minute Christ­mas gifts in 1989, how­ever. There was so much ice on the roads, the state shut down In­ter­states 10 and 95 on Dec. 23.

There were rov­ing black­outs to keep the en­tire state elec­tri­cal grid from be­ing over­whelmed. It was 22 de­grees on Christ­mas morn­ing in Or­lando.

But alas, no snow. Ocean ef­fect, or oth­er­wise.

So to an­swer this week’s timely ques­tion, Or­lando has never had a white Christ­mas since records were kept. But as the song says, we can al­ways dream of one.

It would make for a mem­o­rable and fun hol­i­day, as long as you re­mem­ber to keep flush­ing your toi­let.

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