Proposed Oklahoma bill to raise minimum age to buy smoking products

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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - An Oklahoma bill was introduced by State Senator and Ada Native Greg McCortney to raise the age from 18 to 21 to buy tobacco and vape products.

A proposed bill in Oklahoma might raise the minimum age from 18 to 21 to buy tobacco and vaping products.

"I'm fully against tobacco, you've allowed people to do it. Some of these kids are 19 and 20 are already addicted to it, said Stephen Judd an Ardmore local leaning against the bill.

For Randy Maddox, who doesn’t smoke, is from Texas where the same age change went into effect in September.

But fears even with a new law, underage smoking will still continue.

"The worst it gets the more it's going to be out there. That's my thought,” said Madox.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health confirmed five cases of vaping related illnesses since September.

Two patients were under 18.

"Y'know when you make it harder for kids, they're going to find ways to do it like everything else.” said Madox.

The CDC reported 60 deaths in 27 states were caused by a lung disease linked to vaping.

Senator McCourtney said raising the legal age could have a huge impact on the health of Oklahoman.

"It shouldn't be established. I mean if you can fight for your country at 18, why shouldn't be able to smoke a cigarette or a vape,” said Christopher Sasser of Ardmore.