SAPULPA, Okla. — A new law in Oklahoma is set to take vapes and e-cigarettes out of the hands of teens at schools.
Governor Stitt signed a bill into law on April 16 what will expand the statewide Tobacco-Free Schools Act to include e-cigarettes and vape devices and products.
The number of teens vaping in the United States increased by about 1 million between 2017 and 2018. The Food and Drug Administration is calling the increasing a trend that finds teens vaping an "epidemic."
Local law enforcement told FOX23's Michelle Linn that local middle schools and high schools are seizing vape devices multiple times every day. Owasso Public Schools held a forum this year to educate parents on the dangers of vaping.
The National Institutes of Health has never reported an increase among teens using substances like opioids, tobacco or alcohol as large as what they have found in teens vaping. A reported 37 percent of high schoolers say they used e-cigarettes in 2018.
In her FOX23 investigation, Linn talked with a family whose 14-year-old grandson was buying vape products at a local shop. The grandparents recorded Sapulpa police ticketing the shop's manager.
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