Oklahoma lawmakers want to end youth access to e-cigarettes

Oklahoman Published: December 10, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Republican Oklahoma lawmakers plan to file legislation next year to prevent youth access to electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes.

Sen. Frank Simpson and Rep. Pat Ownbey say their bill will expand the definition of tobacco products to include all nicotine delivery products other than FDA-approved cessation aids.

Research by the Oklahoma Youth Tobacco Survey shows that a significant number of youth are trying e-cigarettes. Oklahoma has no law prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes and vapor products to youth — but state law restricts youth access to other tobacco products. Studies say youth who are exposed to tobacco are more likely to become regular tobacco users.

The bill was requested by State Health Commissioner Terry Cline, who says more research is needed on vapor products and their long-term effects on health.

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