Texas House Bill 114: Prohibiting e-cigarette use in public schools.

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Texas House Bill 114: Prohibiting e-cigarette use in public schools.
Texas House Bill 114 to enforce immediate and mandatory disciplinary action against students using or possessing e-cigarettes in public schools.

According to the official website of the Texas House of Representatives, starting from September 1, 2023, House Bill No. 114 will be enacted. This bill mandates immediate and compulsory disciplinary actions, such as suspension, fines, community service, written reprimands, etc., for students caught using e-cigarettes or possessing e-cigarette components on or near Texas public school premises.


The bill was passed during the legislative session in 2023, aiming to address the growing concern regarding the rising use of e-cigarettes among young students in schools.


This bill will prohibit anyone, regardless of age, from possessing, consuming, selling, giving, or providing marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), e-cigarettes and their components in any circumstances. Furthermore, the bill also prohibits the possession, consumption, sale, gifting, or provision of cigarettes and alcohol in any circumstances.


HB 114 also stipulates that it is illegal to possess or use these substances or components within 300 feet of the property line of any school (measured from any point on the school's property line) or during any school-sponsored or school-related activities, whether on or off campus.


Violators of this law could face fines of up to $500.


The Klein Independent School District website responded to the new law by stating:


The student code of conduct and student handbook in the Krandall School District explicitly address this issue. Students are prohibited from possessing or using tobacco products, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, as well as any components, parts, or accessories of e-cigarette devices.


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