Tax plan for e-cigarettes revived in Okla. Senate

Plan to restrict access, taxes on e-cigarettes, vapor products revived in Oklahoma Senate

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A plan to restrict youth access and state taxes on electronic cigarettes and vapor products has been revived and narrowly approved in the Oklahoma Senate, just a week after a similar proposal was killed in a House committee.

Edmond Republican Sen. Rob Johnson attached the new language to a bill Tuesday in the form of an amendment that narrowly passed on a 23-22 vote. The bill now returns to the House for consideration of Senate amendments.

The bill would restrict access to electronic cigarettes and vapor products to those over the age of 18 and limit taxes on those products to 5 cents per unit and cap the tax at 1/10th of the state tax imposed on a pack of cigarettes.

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