Tulsans react to e-cigarette ban on state property

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 1/02 5:13 pm Published: 1/02 5:12 pm

Vaping, also known as using e-cigarettes, on state property is now banned.

FOX23 reported last week that Gov. Mary Fallin signed an executive order banning vapor devices on state property.

The ban went into effect Wednesday and e-cigarette users protested at the state Capitol.

While some people say this ban is too much, even an abuse of power, some people say tobacco products aren't allowed on state property, so they don't think this is different.

Aubrey McDonald quit smoking 12 years ago and said she did it without the help of personal vaporizers or e-cigarettes.

"There are products out there that help people quit smoking all the time so I think it's sort of an excuse," she said.

She supports the governor's ban on these products on state property

"I think it kind of promotes still the act of smoking," she said.
Not everyone agrees.

"I think it's just a real fast knee-jerk reaction to something they don't understand. E-cigarette users probably know more about it than the average person," said David Ivey, a supporter of e-cigarettes.

In 2012, Fallin also banned tobacco products on state property and claims the vaping ban is no different, especially since they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

"With e-cigarettes, it's an unregulated product and there is no guarantee what's in that product itself," said Terry Cline, Ph.D, with the Oklahoma Commissioner of Health.

But if they were so bad, David Ivey believes the FDA would have already taken steps in to ban e-cigarettes.

He wonders if this will have a slippery slope effect, “The more these get banned in public accessible places the less you're going to see of them period and I absolutely believe people will go back to smoking the real cigarettes," said Ivey.

The state said they put the plan in place to protect the safety of state employees.

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