What are the vaping laws in Texas?
Published by Wickedly Hot Vapors on 14th Jun 2018
Texas has recently undergone a few major changes in legislation. Some of these changes extended into the realm of vaping. For residents of Texas, navigating these new regulations can be difficult and confusing. That's why we're here to set the record straight by answering all of your vapor related questions.
How Does Texas Define an E-Cigarette?
Under Texas law, e-cigarettes are not explicitly classified as tobacco products. Rather, an e-cigarette is considered any mechanical or battery-powered device that is used to simulate the act of smoking by delivering nicotine to the body.
How is E-Cigarette Packaging Regulated?
There are few laws related directly to e-cigarette packaging. Instead, Texas has focused primarily on protecting people from the e-liquids themselves which are responsible for carrying the liquid nicotine. All e-liquids must be clearly labeled and in child-resistant containers.
How Does Texas Handle Youth Vaping?
One of the newest laws enacted in Texas serves to prohibit kids under age 18 from purchasing and using vaporizers. The burden falls upon vape shops to check IDs and ensure that all products are being purchased for adult use only. Any vapor sales that are done by vending machines or other mechanical means are limited to 18+ venues. Wickedly Hot Vapors checks IDs for anyone appearing under the age of 40 and anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed in the store according to Texas Health and Safety Code 161.086.
Where Can Vapers Use their Devices?
For the most part, vapers can enjoy their devices in public with the exception of schools, daycares, and government buildings. This includes playgrounds, parking areas and drop off lines. However, college campuses, hospitals, and other places may designate smoking areas on site where it is safe to vape. In some cases, entire cities have banned e-cigarettes in public areas. When in doubt, always look for signage or ask someone and check local ordinances before vaping.
Texas e-cigarette laws are getting stricter over time, but Texas remains a friendly state for vapers overall. Wickedly Hot Vapors is here to help vapers of all kinds navigate the latest legislation safely. We can also answer any questions you may have about what changes are on the horizon and steps you can take to get involved in creating fair Texas e-cigarette regulations for the entire community. Visit us today to see our full selection of products, and stop by our front desk to talk to our vaping experts!