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OKLAHOMA CITY – State lawmakers are writing a bill that would prevent e-cigarettes from being sold to anyone under the age of 18.

Rep. Pat Ownbey says the legislation would expand the definition of tobacco products in the Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco Act to include all nicotine delivery products, other than FDA-approved cessation aids.

Research by the Oklahoma Youth Tobacco Survey (OYTS) shows that a significant number of teens are trying electronic cigarettes.

Currently, Oklahoma has no state law prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes and vapor products to youth.

Studies have found that young people who are exposed to tobacco use are more likely to become regular tobacco users.

The bill will be introduced when the 2014 legislative session begins in February.