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Gov. Stitt signs bill to ban vaping in Oklahoma schools

Posted at 10:17 AM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 11:22:37-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed a bill that will ban vaping products on school property.

Senate Bill 33, the Tobacco-Free Schools Act, which bans tobacco products in all forms, will be extended to carry a ban on vapor products.

The bill was authored by J.J. Dossett, D-Owasso.

“If you look at the studies coming out from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Surgeon General’s office, there is clear evidence that vaping is harmful to adolescents. It gets kids addicted to nicotine which can harm their still-developing brains. It’s a fact that nicotine can affect decision making and impulse control. It can change the way synapses are formed, and it impacts attention and learning,” said Dossett.

Dossett says in addition to the harm nicotine can cause to children and teens, there are other chemicals in the aerosol from e-cigarettes that are alarming, such as diacetyl.

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