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GOVERNOR

Greg Abbott
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711-2428
Phone: (512) 463-2000

THE SENATE

Secretary of the Senate
Patsy Spaw
Room 2E.22
Texas State Capitol
1200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-0100
Fax: (512) 463-6034

THE house

Chief Clerk of the House
Robert Haney
State Capitol Room
2W.29
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-0845

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  • Sale or distribution of vapor products to persons under the age of 21 years old is prohibited, exempts adults serving in the armed forces and those born before August 31, 2001.1
  • Purchase or possession of vapor products by persons under age of 21 years old is prohibited, unless possession occurs in the presence of “adult parent,” guardian or spouse, exempts adults serving in the armed forces and those born before August 31, 2001.2
  • The following municipalities have ordinances that prohibit vaping where smoking is prohibited (some exclude bars and restaurants): Atlanta (in parks), Austin, Bedford, Boerne, Bonham, Burkburnett, Denton, Desoto, Duncanville, Edinburg, El Paso, Frisco, Harlingen, Highland Village, Joshua, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, San Angelo, San Marcos, Seagoville, Sherman, Socorro, Southlake, Tyler, Waco, Weatherford, Waxahachie, Wichita Falls3
  • The use of vapor products is restricted to designated areas in schools, elevators, enclosed theaters, libraries, museums, hospitals, certain buses, planes and trains.4
  • Schools must prohibit the use and student possession of vapor products at “a school-related or school-sanctioned activity on or off school property.”5
  • The use of vapor products is prohibited at school, and before/after-school programs, including the premises, playground, transportation vehicles, and during field trips.6
  • The use of vapor products is prohibited inside Department of Criminal Justice facilities, but permitted in designated outdoor areas.7
  • The use of vapor products is prohibited at childcare centers, including playgrounds, vehicles, and during off-site field trips.8
  • The use of vapor products in residential child care facilities and foster homes prohibited.9
  • The use of vapor products is prohibited in licensed pediatric extended care transportation vehicles.10
  • eLiquid sold as an accessory for an e-cigarette must be sold in a child-resistant container unless prefilled and sealed by the manufacturer and not intended to be opened by a consumer.11
  • The following municipalities prohibit the use of all tobacco and vapor products: Atlanta (in parks and inside or within 25 feet of city buildings.)13
  • Retailers who ship vapor products must register with the state, verify, at time of purchase and at delivery, that the purchaser is over 21 years of age, include a notice about the prohibition on selling e-cigarettes to minors, and file certain information about the purchaser with the comptroller. This requirement could cause many out-of-state online retailers to refuse to ship to the state.14

Tobacco/Vapor 21 Law: Federal law passed December 20, 2019 prohibits sales of all tobacco and vapor products to anyone under the age of 21 years old. FDA stated law became effective on that date. States may choose to continue with current age law at the risk of losing federal funding.

Texas already bans the sale of tobacco and vapor products to minors and adults under the age of 21 years old, exempts adults serving in the armed forces and those born before August 31, 2001.

Flavor Bans: Federal law prohibits the sale of closed system devices (pods, cartridges) containing e-liquid in flavors other than tobacco or menthol.

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