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

Filed - 11/12/18

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 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 749
HB 749 State Rep. John Zerwas

Filed - 1/11/19

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

Filed - 1/17/19

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

Filed - 1/28/19

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

Filed - 1/3/19

Increases taxes on cigarettes.

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