Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 1423 into law Tuesday, which raises the minimum age to buy tobacco products in the state from 18 to 21.
The legislation is meant to ensure that Oklahoma’s statutes now align with the federal Tobacco-Free Youth Act, which became law in December 2019.
“Enforcing tobacco-product age limits actually takes place at the state and local level,” said state Rep. Greg McCartney, “so even though the federal government had already raised the age to 21, we needed to make sure state law mirrored that so there was no confusion or ambiguity for the public.” McCartney is the principal author of Senate Bill 1423.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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