Florida Smoking Laws

E-cigarettes are getting a lot of press these days especially because they are so attractive to youth. Florida, along with some other states - is introducing legislation to ban these tobacco products from anyone under 18.

The Law

According to Reuters, it is illegal for minors to buy tobacco cigarettes, cigars or pipe tobacco but a new law, which takes effect on July 1, prohibits the sale of electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes), to minors as well.

First-time offenders will incur a $25 civil fine, or 16 hours of community service. Anyone under the age of 18 who is caught three times is at risk for losing their drivers license.

Florida smoking law states that it is unlawful for any person under the age of 18 to knowingly possess or misrepresent their age to obtain tobacco or tobacco products. FLA. STAT. ch. 569.11

The Penalties

First Offense

Fine

  • At least $25

Community Service

  • Required to complete 16 hours of community service

Tobacco Education

  • May be required to enroll in a tobacco awareness program

Second Offense

Fine

  • At least $25

Third and Subsequent Offense

  • May have driver’s license suspended or revoked

The Solution

If you received a possession of tobacco citation in Florida, you may be required to take a tobacco awareness course. If so, then our 4 or 8 our tobacco awareness class is ideal for you.

Our courses are offered online so you can get the education you need from the convenience of and comfort of home. There is no need to wait, you can enroll from your smartphone, tablet, or computer and start working instantly. What are you waiting for? Enroll today!

NOTE: If you choose not to pay the fine, you may attend a court hearing to challenge the citation.

How do I pay for my class? What payment methods are accepted?

When it comes time to pay for your Tobacco Awareness/Cessation class, we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. You have the option of paying by phone or online.

Exactly how much do the Tobacco Awareness/Cessation classes cost?

The cost of each course depends on the program duration:

  • 4-Hour Tobacco Awareness Class – $99
  • 8-Hour Advanced Tobacco Awareness Class – $179

As an added bonus, both courses include free enrollment processing and a free Certificate of Completion.

How do I access my course materials?

Once you’ve finished registering, you will be asked to select a unique username and password for your Florida Awareness/Cessation course. Please be sure to keep this information in a safe place as you will need it to access your class.

Am I allowed to take a break and change computers at any time?

Yes. Our Tobacco Awareness/Cessation courses are completed entirely online, which allows you to access them across multiple devices. All you need is your username and password, and you’re instantly connected to your course!

How will I receive my Certificate of Completion?

Once you’ve finished and passed your Tobacco Awareness/Cessation class, we will provide you with your free Certificate of Completion. It is important to remember that it is your responsibility to present this certificate to the court.

How much time is usually required to complete the Tobacco Awareness/Cessation class?

This depends on the type of course you have enrolled in. The necessary time needed to complete the course is indicated in the name; we offer 4-hour and 8-hour Youth Tobacco/Cessation courses.

I did not pass the final exam for my Tobacco Awareness/Cessation class. Now what?

To successfully pass the Tobacco Awareness/Cessation class, you must complete the final exam with a score of 80 percent or higher. If for any reason you do not pass the exam on the first attempt, you may retake it as many times as you need – this is the great advantage of our online Tobacco Awareness/Cessation courses.

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