This is Not OK.
For years, Oklahoma has been at the mercy of tobacco companies. They have repeatedly put profits over people, and our state has suffered for it. It’s poisoning and addicting our children, burdening our health care industry and costing Oklahomans billions. That’s not OK.
By implementing proven, effective control and prevention policy for today’s tobacco challenges, we can save Oklahoma from the clutches of Big Tobacco.
Discover common-sense, proven policies that are positively impacting the health of other states.
Smoking is still allowed inside many Oklahoma businesses, endangering the health of employees and patrons. The risks are deadly. Secondhand smoke kills nearly 50,000 nonsmokers each year.Clear the Air
Secondhand smoke contains 70 cancer-causing chemicals. When you smoke with children in the car, they breathe every one of them. As it stands, Oklahoma kids are NOT protected from secondhand smoke inside vehicles.Protect Our Kids
Big Tobacco has always targeted the next generation with kid-friendly flavors. In fact, 4 out of 5 kids who have used tobacco started with a flavored product. Let’s protect our youth.Get the facts
In stores and online, it’s way too easy for kids to buy tobacco products. During compliance checks in 2018, 83 stores were cited for violating laws to prevent kids from illegally buying tobacco – but no licenses were suspended.Take a Stand
When cigarette prices rise, tens of thousands of people quit smoking — and countless children never start. The higher the price, the more lives are saved. Plus, higher prices mean saving millions in healthcare costs and lost productivity.Make a Difference
Oklahoma has employment protections for workers who smoke. The issue? They’re never incentivized to quit, and it’s hurting Oklahoma businesses. As it stands, smoking costs the state $2.1 billion per year in productivity losses.Get Started
Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers start by age 18. In December of 2019, the president signed “Tobacco 21” into law. The new law raises the minimum purchase age to 21. In May of 2020, the state of Oklahoma passed regulations to enforce the new Tobacco 21 law.Get the facts
Learn more about how Oklahoma could benefit from tobacco-free policies that are improving the health of surrounding states.Download Our Fact Sheet
In 2003, the Oklahoma state legislature enacted a “preemption” law making it impossible for local communities to implement tobacco restrictions stronger than state law. If a community wants to ban smoking at local bars and restaurants, it is powerless to do so. Historically, the tobacco industry has lobbied for preemption laws to prevent local policies restricting tobacco use. In fact, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has called preemption the “biggest challenge to tobacco control.”
With support, effort and action, communities can work to repeal the preemption law, restore local control and move one step closer to a smokefree Oklahoma.
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