Tobacco

Tobacco sub-topics:

Smoking in Public Spaces & Workplaces
Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2011)
SB 86 Sen. Rodney Ellis FAILED;
Referred to Health & Human Services
Smoke Free Texas legislation: eliminating smoking in certain workplaces and public places; providing penalties. Companion Bill: HB 400 Failed to pass; Both House (HB 670) and Senate (SB 355) versions made it out of committee but died on their respective floors.
HB 400 Rep. Myra Crownover FAILED;
Referred to Public Health
Identical to SB 86.
SB 313 Sen. Carlos Uresti FAILED;
Left pending in Health & Human Services
Prohibits the sale of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. The current age restriction is 18. SB 268 attempted to raise the age to 19; Failed to pass.
SB 954 Sen. Wendy Davis FAILED;
Left pending in Intergovernmental Relations
Requires Tarrant County Hospital District to offer voluntary tobacco cessation programs for all district employees, and designates all district buildings as smoke-free environments. Companion Bill: HB 2032
HB 2032 Rep. Nicole Collier FAILED;
Left pending in County Affairs
Identical to SB 954

Resources

1. MSD Center Blog: The Dollars and Sense of a Smoke-Free Texas.
2. Reuters (Jan 21, 2013): Smoke-free laws linked to drop in child asthma attacks.
3. Map of Smoke-Free Cities and States (PDF)
4. Scholarly Article (2009): Declines in Acute Myocardial Infarction After Smoke-Free Laws and Individual Risk Attributable to Secondhand Smoke.
5. Scholarly Article (2005): Smoke-free laws and bar revenues in California–the last call.
6. US Surgeon General (2012): Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: We CAN Make the Next Generation Tobacco-Free (PDF)
7. US Surgeon General’s website: Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults

Keep scrolling. More bills in Tobacco below…

Taxing Tobacco Products
Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2011)
SB 934 Sen. Wendy Davis FAILED;
Referred to Finance; referred to subcommittee on Fiscal Matters
Ties tobacco taxes to the rate of inflation using the consumer price index.
HB 2453 Rep. John Zerwas FAILED;
Referred to Ways & Means
Imposes an additional cigarette tax on tobacco companies who were not part of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Companion Bill: SB 1136
SB 1136 Sen. Juan Hinojosa FAILED;
Referred to Finance; referred to subcommittee on Fiscal Matters; out of subcommittee
Identical to HB 2453
SB 1564 Sen. Rodney Ellis FAILED;
Referred to Finance; referred to subcommittee on Fiscal Matters
Increases the tax rate by $50 per 1,000 cigarettes to fund the children’s health insurance program. HB2602 made a similar attempt to raise tax; left pending in Public Health committee.