OKLAHOMA CITY - Legislation approved Wednesday by the Oklahoma Senate would set a minimum age requirement on the purchase of e-cigarettes and other nicotine- or tobacco-derived products.
Senate Bill 802 sets the age limit at 18, adds e-cigarettes and other similar products to the Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco Act and requires proof of age in order to purchase.
The legislation also includes a five-cent tax on these devices and penalize retailers who sell them to underage customers.
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"Right now there is nothing on the books to prevent a child from going to a kiosk at the mall and buying e-cigarettes or similar devices," said Sen. Rob Johnson, principal author of the bill. "The simple fact is these are nicotine products, and we need to do what we can to keep children from using them."
The bill was approved 26-15.