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Oklahoma Bill Would Tax and Regulate E-Cigarettes

A bill that would tax and impose additional regulations on electronic cigarettes is moving through the Oklahoma legislature.  Senate Bill 802 has already cleared the Oklahoma Senate and is pending in the Oklahoma House.

Senate Bill 802 would tax electronic cigarettes at the rate of 5 cents per “vapor product unit,” defined as every 0.03 ounces of consumable material in an electronic cigarette.  The new tax could never exceed 1/10 the rate for cigarettes.  As a taxed product, electronic cigarettes also would need to be sold through state-licensed distributors.

Senate Bill 802 would prohibit self-service displays of electronic cigarettes, except in adult-only stores.  The bill also would impose limitations on sampling.  The bill also would prohibit sales of electronic cigarettes to minors.

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