Texas Senate Committee Considers Need for New Vaping Policies | Interim Hearing

Between legislative sessions, leaders of the House (Speaker) and Senate (Lt. Gov.) task each committee with a set of “interim charges” relating to important matters of public policy. Committees will host hearings, solicit input, and gather information relating to each interim charge, then provide a full public report in advance of the next legislative session.

The Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services has been tasked with researching the following Public Health related issues:

  • Examine the emerging public health concerns from the rise in e-cigarette use and “vaping,” especially among minors. Determine if additional policies or laws are needed to protect the public’s health. 
  • Monitor the implementation of Senate Bill 21, including strategies to address tobacco and nicotine use, including e-cigarettes and vaping, by adolescents.

Led by Chairwoman Lois Kolkhorst (R- Brenham), the committee will host a hearing in Austin tomorrow.

From the Notice of Public Hearing: “Public testimony will be limited to 2 minutes. If submitting written testimony, please provide 15 copies to the committee clerk with your name on each.”

Written testimony can be just as effective as being there to testify in person. If you’d like to submit written testimony, it can be sent to: luisa.venegoni_sc@senate.texas.gov.

Commentary

The current vaping crisis is not about vaping at all. It’s about illegal THC products and the demand created by prohibition. In the interest of Public Health and Safety, Texas should repeal marijuana prohibition and, instead, bring the market into the light of day where products are reasonably regulated and consumers have a reasonable expectation that products are safe.

Of course, we’ll also need consumer protection groups to issue warnings about bad actors and hold the newly legal industry to a high standard.

Click here for info about the cannabis-related interim charges.

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