Stitt bans vaping in schools. “Cool” kids mourn

The year was 2015 when I first smoked a vape pen. I remember thinking the device resembled what Dr. Who’s sonic screwdriver would look like if it came out of the closet. Regardless, everyone seemed to enjoy it. Store owners said it was an alternative to smoking real cigarettes because you could take it anywhere.

At that moment, I thought to myself “the days of cool smoking are dead for sure. It’s only a matter of time before something like this will be banned.”

Sure enough, Governor Kevin Stitt came to bat.

Via NewsOK:

Vaping in Oklahoma schools will soon be illegal.

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation Tuesday aimed at preventing teenagers from vaping.

Stitt signed Senate Bill 33, which prevents people from vaping in schools and on school campuses. The measure also prevents people from vaping in their cars on school property and vaping at school-sponsored events.

The bill amends the 2015 Tobacco-Free Schools Act, which required schools to be completely tobacco-free, even after school hours.

But how else will square adults be able to identify the cool kids from the squares? I’m kidding – there is nothing worse than smelling the foggy mist of exhaled smoke that sort of smells like stale Fruit Loops.

At the time of writing this article, I can think of at least 20 people who smoke from vape pens. All joking aside, I’d much rather them smoke this than a few cigarettes. At least after 10 minutes of smoking, they don’t smell like they french kissed an ashtray. I say this as someone who frequently smokes after a few beers at a pub.

Here’s more:

State Sen. J.J. Dossett, the bill’s sponsor, said vaping is an epidemic in every school across the state, and school employees were calling for something to be done.

“It is an alarming rate right now that young people are using these devices. It is the new preferred nicotine delivery system,” said Dossett, D-Owasso.

Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows teens are more likely to use e-cigarettes than they are to use cigarettes, but teens who vape are 30% more likely to eventually turn to cigarettes.

In December, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams declared e-cigarette usage among young people an epidemic.

I’m not sure if epidemic is the right word. The term “epidemic” would better be suited for something which is seriously killing people like opioids or assault weapons in the hands of mentally unstable people. Calling vaping an epidemic is sort of like labeling electric scooters as mobile death machines.

Regardless, I understand banning them from school property much like administrators banned other forms of tobacco in the past. But if Gov. Stitt thinks he’s solved the problem – news flash, many people chewed tobacco in class and sneaked into the bathroom to light up cigarettes during lecture.

Despite my cynicism, I will still give Stitt kudos for trying to stop something which could affect children’s health.

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13 Responses

  1. News flash – Governor Stitt is not naive and , therefore, will not think he has solved the problem!

    1. But he IS Republican. So he will say he solved the problem whether he believes it or not.

  2. There’s no reason to ban these things just because they *may* contain nicotine. Might as well ban coffee for the sin of containing caffeine.

    1. Unless you don’t want to have that crap blown around you.

      1. I don’t particularly care for it when old ladies put on too much perfume and go to the movies or get on the elevator. But I wouldn’t suggest banning Chanel No. 5.

    2. Tough for me to 2nd hand vape your coffee.

      1. Tough to 2nd hand vape anything really. I mean it’s vapor not smoke.

        1. Better doesn’t equal good. I’d much rather have vapor than smoke blown in my face, but it’s much better to not have either cloud of chemicals entering my lungs.

  3. Richard, seems like vaping is your thing! Vape away, but keep your distance…..

    1. Actually I never quite got the hang of it. So I still smoke cigarettes.

  4. If you have to be 18 to buy tobacco here in OK, I’d assume the same law applies to vaping liquids that contain nicotine, and if anybody is in school, they’re most likely under 18, unless they’re a senior or have been held back. How many vapers are there so that this ban is needed, and doesn’t it point to a larger problem of underage kids having tobacco/nicotine products?

    1. Maybe the target is the teachers’ lounge. Back in the day,………

    2. To answer your question, according to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, 1 in 5 high school students had vaped at least once in the previous 30 days.

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