A small group of Oklahoma's took to the state's capitol building Wednesday to protest Governor Mary Fallin's decision to ban electronic cigarettes on state property.
Fallin's put forward the executive order back in December and the new law went into effect on Jan. 1. Her decision makes it illegal to use the e-cigarettes on state property such as the capitol.
"E-cigarettes release vapor that contains chemicals that can impact employees and visitors to state property," Fallin said. "Additionally, many electronic cigarettes look like traditional cigarettes and emit a vapor that looks like smoke. This creates confusion for employees and visitors and presents enforcement challenges for state agencies."
On Wednesday the group of protestors gathered outside the state capitol to dispute the Fallin's claims that using the products is harmful. They added that the e-cigarettes have helped them quit traditional smoking.
"I've met the governor once in my life," protestor Ted King told Tulsa's Channel 8's sister station, Fox 25. "I really don't think we've got the relationship where she can tell me how to live my life."
Health officials in Oklahoma have stated they are unaware of the health effects involved in using e-cigarettes because they are "unregulated products."
Oklahomans looking to quit tobacco products can contact the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-784-8669 or OKhelpline.com.
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