January 02, 2014

eCig Protest Breaks out in Oklahoma

At the end of December the governor of Oklahoma decreed that e-cigarettes are verboten on state property or in state vehicles. The governor so graciously gave state employees just a little under a week to totally quite nicotine-based products. It turns out that it's not just impacted employees who might have feelings about this new rule as a group of protesters appeared at the Capitol to protest the decision.

But late last month, Fallin signed an executive order prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes on all state-owned and leased properties, saying the long term health impacts are unknown and the ban is to protect the health of employees and visitors to state properties.

“The executive office is supposed to execute the laws of the land, not make the laws of the land,” said Howard Houchen, one of the organizers of the protest. “The legislature has not acted on e-cigarettes and vaping devices.”

via Protesters At Capitol Send ‘Smoke Signal’ To Governor Fallin – NewsOn6.com – Tulsa, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports – KOTV.com |.

It's unknown what the legislature might do as Oklahoma was one of the first states Big Tobacco tried to influence to get laws and taxes favorable to their own products.

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