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A ban on advertising is foreseen in Oklahoma (Image Fotolia)

Oklahoma State Representative Mike Brown, a Democrat, has introduced on January 14, 2016, a bill to be presented to the House in first reading on February 1,  entitled: “An Act relating to intoxicating liquors; prohibiting television and radio advertising of vapor products; providing for codification; and providing an effective date.”

The object of the bill, if enacted, is to prohibit advertising of vaping products on television and radio with an effective date on November 1, 2016.

Oklahoma State statutes Title 37 Section 600.2 paragraph 8 doesn’t allow much freedom by defining the product as:

  • noncombustible products, that may or may not contain nicotine, that employ:
    • a mechanical heating element,
    • battery,
    • electronic circuit, or
    • other mechanism, regardless of shape or size, that can be used to produce a vapor in a solution or other form.
  • any vapor cartridge or other container with or without nicotine or other form that is intended to be used with:
    • an electronic cigarette,
    • electronic cigar,
    • electronic cigarillo,
    • electronic pipe,
  • or similar product or device and any vapor cartridge or other container of a solution, that may or may not contain nicotine, that is intended to be used with or in an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo or electronic device.

It also reads that “Vapor products” do not include any products regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration under Chapter V of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The latter concerns Drugs and Devices.