The Florida Petroleum Council raised strong objection  to the Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission’s (CRC) approval of a measure to tie an offshore drilling measure with a vaping ban without any public debate.

“Monday’s decision will force Florida’s voters to vote for or against two completely unrelated, but important, issues at the same time,” said Executive Director David Mica. “Bundling these issues is mixing apples and oranges, and this decision, made without any public debate, could harm jobs, the state economy, tax revenues, and our long-term energy future.”

“Domestic oil and natural gas development is a key driver of Florida’s economy – supporting high-paying jobs and investments in our state. Linking this important decision with electronic cigarette use just doesn’t make sense. Voters should be able to make decisions on public health and its economic future separately.”

The Florida Petroleum Council is a division of API.