OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate Education Committee on Tuesday gave unanimous approval to Senate Bill 33, a measure to expand the Tobacco-Free Schools Act to ban the use of any vaping products, including noncombustible devices as well as the cartridges, whether or not they contain nicotine.
The ban applies to any public or private school buildings and vehicles.
State Sen. J.J. Dossett, a former teacher, held an interim study during the fall to look at the use of vaping products in schools. He said studies show the number of teens who vape has exploded in recent years, but Oklahoma’s laws banning smoking in schools have not been updated to address e-cigarettes.
“The bottom line is just because it’s an e-cigarette, it doesn’t mean it’s safe,” said Dossett, D-Owasso.
SB 33 will next be considered by the full Senate.