Tobacco & E-cigarettes

2019 Legislative Session bills that are relevant to tobacco research taking place at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living can be viewed below.

Tobacco & E-cigarettes

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2017)
HB 252 State Rep. Jessica Farrar

Out of House Committee - 3/20/19

Adds the danger of secondhand smoke to the list of educational material providers must share with pre- and post-natal women in their care.

SB 21 State Sen. Joan Huffman

Voted on by House - 5/15/19

Proposes to raise the legal age for purchasing cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or tobacco products to 21 years. Companion Bill SB 338, HB 749
SB 338 State Sen. Joan Huffman

Filed - 1/11/19

Proposes to raise the legal age for purchasing cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or tobacco products to 21 years. Companion Bill HB 749SB 21
HB 749 State Rep. John Zerwas

Out of House Committee - 4/3/19

Proposes to raise the legal age for purchasing cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or tobacco products to 21 years. Companion Bill SB 338SB 21
HB 900 State Rep. Celia Israel

Out of House Committee - 4/16/19

Imposes a fine ($15 for first violation, $150 for all subsequent violations) for smoking in a vehicle with a child who is required to be secured in a child passenger safety seat.
HB 1144 State Rep. Shawn Nicole Thierry

Left pending in committee - 4/9/19

Establishes a 5 cents/milliliter of vapor product sold and directs those proceeds to the Child health Plan Program.
HB 627 State Rep. Shawn Nicole Thierry

Referred to Ways & Means - 2/21/19

Increases taxes on cigarettes.
HB 1069 State Rep. Four Price

Referred to Public Health - 2/26/19

Replaces "to prevent the use of e-cigarettes" with "substance abuse prevention." Enhances mental health support and training in public schools. Removes nutrition services as a separate focus of CSH.
SB 1332 State Sen. Nathan Johnson

Referred to Finance - 3/7/19

Imposes a 5 cents/milliliter tax on vapor products sold in Texas and requires the same regulations and permits as for traditional tobacco products.
SB 2335 State Sen. Brandon Creighton

Referred to Education - 3/21/19

TEA will provide a report to the legislature on the use of cigarettes on school property, including school policies and violations thereof.

Tobacco & E-cigarette Resources

  1. CDC’s Infographic; basic information/factsheet on e-cigarettes

  2. Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products; report from the Institute of Medicine (2015)

  3. Smoke-Free Policies Improve Health; scientific reviews, fact sheets, and more from the CDC.

  4. The Toll of Tobacco in Texas; statistics on tobacco usage and monetary costs from Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

  5. E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General (2016)

  6. Website - Know the Risks: E-cigarettes and Young People (e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov)

  7. Video, Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science: “What is an e-cigarette and how does it work?”

  8. Webinar archive, Texas Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science: “Risky Business: Kids, E-cigs, Vaping, and New Tobacco Products"

  9. Website - Public Health Law Center E-cigarette Resource List

  10. Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes; a publication from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

  11. How JUUL Made Nicotine Go Viral; a video from Vox about the e-cigarette public health problem