Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March
Senator Jonathan Nichols
Senate Approves Ban on Alcohol Inhalation Machines
The State Senate has given unanimous approval to
a measure banning a potentially deadly new way of downing alcohol—Senate
Bill 663 would forbid anyone to sell, buy, furnish, manufacture
or possess an alcohol inhalation device.
Nichols is principal author of the measure. He said the use
of devices to inhale alcohol is a fad that’s been seen in
bars and clubs in other parts of the nation. He worries people unfamiliar
with alcohol inhalers may not realize they can be extremely dangerous.
“The human body is pretty good at letting a person know when
they’ve had too much to drink—nausea, for example, is
one such indicator. The problem with these inhalation devices is
that it gets the alcohol into a person’s system so fast, the
body doesn’t have time to send out warnings. A person can
succumb to alcohol poisoning before they realize what’s happening
and that can be fatal,” said Nichols, R-Norman.
The bill includes penalties of a fine of up to $50,000, as well
as the permanent revocation of a license to sell alcohol.
“The penalties are tough by design—this is literally
a matter of life and death. I would hate to see any Oklahoman wind
up in the hospital or worse because they had legal access to one
of these machines and didn’t realize what a deadly game they
were playing,” Nichols said. “I want to stress that
this legislation in no way further restricts the traditional sale
or consumption of alcohol in our state.”
The measure now moves to the House for further consideration.
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