Oklahoma State Rep. Ben Loring, D-Oklahoma City, is once again trying to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco and vapor products in his state from 18 to 21-years-old.
Earlier this month, Loring introduced H.B. 1818, which modifies existing state laws regarding the sale and general display and availability of tobacco, revising the stated minimum age for tobacco products from 18 to 21. No fines were changed as part of his proposal, though it does make it illegal for a person under 21 to possess tobacco, unless it is a part of their duties as an employee.
The increase would go into effect on Nov. 1, 2017. It has been assigned to the House Committee on Public Health where it is awaiting further action.