Purchase, use, or possession (PUP) laws unfairly punish youth for the illegal sale of tobacco. They shift the blame away from the powerful tobacco industry and instead put it onto helpless kids. That's not fair!
Oklahoma is one of just five states that still have preemption in place for licensure, smokefree indoor air, and youth access. Preemption limits local authority and takes away our right to decide for ourselves what laws are in our communities.
Right now, Oklahoma lacks retail licensure for e-cigarettes, vapes and nicotine-only products. Since only a sales tax permit is required, we don’t know where these products are being sold. Lack of retailer regulation can lead to an increase in youth tobacco access.
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