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Vaping banned: Stitt signs bill expanding tobacco-free schools law

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Vaping in Oklahoma schools will soon be illegal.

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation Tuesday aimed at preventing teenagers from vaping.

Stitt signed Senate Bill 33, which prevents people from vaping in schools and on school campuses. The measure also prevents people from vaping in their cars on school property and vaping at school-sponsored events.

The bill amends the 2015 Tobacco-Free Schools Act, which required schools to be completely tobacco-free, even after school hours.

Vaping is the act of inhaling vapor through an e-cigarette or similar device often containing nicotine. The practice has grown in popularity in recent years as many smokers have seen it as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes.

Scientists are still studying the long-term health effects, however.

Cartridges for e-cigarettes and other similar devices come in array of flavors, which can make vaping a more palatable alternative to smoking for teens and young adults.

State Sen. J.J. Dossett, the bill’s sponsor, said vaping is an epidemic in every school across the state, and school employees were calling for something to be done.

“It is an alarming rate right now that young people are using these devices. It is the new preferred nicotine delivery system," said Dossett, D-Owasso.

Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows teens are more likely to use e-cigarettes than they are to use cigarettes, but teens who vape are 30% more likely to eventually turn to cigarettes.

In December, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams declared e-cigarette usage among young people an epidemic.

The law will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, which must occur by May 31.

Stitt also signed a slew of other bills Monday, bringing up the number of bills he’s signed to 53.

Among the other bills Stitt signed included a measure establishing Francine’s Law, which would beef up efforts to find missing persons.

The law is named after Francine Frost, a Tulsa nurse who went missing in 1981.

Among other things, the law requires the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the chief medical examiner to input all missing persons and unidentified bodies into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

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Carmen Forman

Carmen Forman covers the state Capitol and governor's office for The Oklahoman. A Norman native and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she previously covered state politics in Virginia and Arizona before returning to Oklahoma. Read more ›

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