Tulsa World editorial: Law to ban vaping right move for public health

The law banning vapor products on Oklahoma school grounds rightly recognizes the health risks of students vaping as equal to those of tobacco use.

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 33, written by Sen. J.J. Dossett of Owasso, to prohibit vaping products on public school campuses, in school vehicles and at school-sanctioned events and activities. It goes into effect July 1.

No data back the claims by manufacturers that e-cigarettes are effective at tobacco cessation, and the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the products as a way to quit smoking.

E-cigarettes hit the market in 2007 and quickly appealed to youth by adding sweet flavors and packaging to mimic juice boxes and candy. Several tobacco companies bought into significant ownership of vape manufacturers.

Students left cigarettes behind but started vaping.

Last year, the FDA went after the biggest companies to cease youth marketing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 1 out of every 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school kids vape regularly. Emerging research shows health risks in the toxins used for flavoring and lack of control over nicotine levels, some with higher amounts than regular cigarettes.

Read more at https://www.tulsaworld.com

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