Tobacco

Subtopics

Electronic Cigarettes and “New Tobacco” products

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2015)
SB 489 Sen. Eddie Lucio

PASSED - signed by the Governor and effective 5/28/2017

School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) currently advise their districts on instruction -- policies, procedures, strategies, and appropriate curriculum -- for a variety of health education topics, including tobacco. This bill would expand the tobacco topic to include "e-cigarettes." Companion bill: HB 3684
HB 3684 Rep. Carol Alvarado

FAILED TO PASS - companion bill SB 489 did pass

School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) currently advise their districts on instruction -- policies, procedures, strategies, and appropriate curriculum -- for a variety of health education topics, including tobacco. This bill would expand the tobacco topic to include "e-cigarettes." Companion bill: SB 489
HB 1411 Rep. Chris Turner

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive committee hearing 

Would impose a tax on e-cigarette products (5-cents per mL) to fund grants for local law enforcement mental health staff.

Resources

  1. E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General (2016)
  2. Website - Know the Risks: E-cigarettes and Young People (e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov)
  3. Video, Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science: “What is an e-cigarette and how does it work?”
  4. Webinar archive, Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science: “Risky Business: Kids, E-cigs, Vaping, and New Tobacco Products"
  5. CDC Newsroom: Dec. 11, 2014 – “More than 16 million children live in states where they can buy e-cigarettes legally”

Smoking Restrictions (Locations and Age)

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2015)
HB 628 Rep. Donna Howard

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive committee hearing 

Would prohibit the sale of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. The current age restriction is 18.   Similar bills: HB 1908, SB 183 and SB 910 Similar to SB 648 Failed to pass; Left pending in Health & Human Services
HB 1908 Rep. John Zerwas FAILED TO PASS - passed committee but did receive House vote Would prohibit the sale of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. The current age restriction is 18.   Similar bills:  HB 628, SB 183 and SB 910 Similar to SB 648 Failed to pass; Left pending in Health & Human Services
HB 1279 Rep Matt Shaheen

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive committee hearing 

Would prohibit counties or municipalities from banning smoking at certain businesses. Similar bill: HB 1348. Similar to SB 1537; Failed to pass; Left pending in State Affairs
HB 1348 Rep Briscoe Cain

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive committee hearing 

Would prohibit counties or municipalities from banning smoking at certain businesses. Similar bill: HB 1279. Similar to SB 1537; Failed to pass; Left pending in State Affairs
HB 2652 Rep. Rick Miller

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive committee hearing 

Would update government code to ban the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products on state property.  Companion bill: SB 1359
SB 1359 Sen. Kirk Watson

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive committee hearing 

Would update government code to ban the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products on state property.  Companion bill: SB HB 2652
SB 183 Sen. Carlos Uresti

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive committee hearing 

Would prohibit the sale of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. The current age restriction is 18.  Similar bills: HB 628, HB 1908 and SB 910 Similar to SB 648 Failed to pass; Left pending in Health & Human Services
SB 910 Sen. Joan Huffman

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive committee hearing 

Would prohibit the sale of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. The current age restriction is 18.   Similar bills: HB 628, HB 1908 and SB 183 Similar to SB 648 Failed to pass; Left pending in Health & Human Services
SB 228 Sen. Carlos Uresti

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive committee hearing 

Allows local municipalities to raise the age restrictions on tobacco to 21, if they so choose. Past bills have been filed to prevent adoption of local tobacco policies.

Resources

  1. Scholarly article: Effect of smoke-free legislation on perinatal and child health: a systematic review and meta-analysis (The Lancet, 2014)
  2. Smoke-Free Policies Improve Health; scientific reviews, fact sheets, and more from the CDC.
  3. The Toll of Tobacco in Texas; statistics on tobacco usage and monetary costs from Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.
  4. Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products; report from the Institute of Medicine (2015)

Smoking Cessation

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2015)
No bills have been filed on this topic.

Resources

Tobacco Tax

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2015)
HB 2514 Rep. Tomas Uresti

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive committee hearing 

Increases the tax rate on cigarettes and allocates those funds to the Foundation School Fund in addition to the Tax Relief Fund.
HB 3704 Rep. Sarah Davis

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive committee hearing 

Updates legislation related to fees from cigarettes and tobacco projects, so the fees would go towards the Health Fund for Higher Education and would provide funding for medical, health education and treatment programs at health-related universities and colleges.  Companion bill: SB 1139
SB 1139 Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa

FAILED TO PASS - did not receive committee hearing 

Updates legislation related to fees from cigarettes and tobacco projects, so the fees would go towards the Health Fund for Higher Education and would provide funding for medical, health education and treatment programs at health-related universities and colleges.  Companion bill: HB 3704

Resources