You’ve probably heard that everything is bigger in Texas, but that’s not always a good thing. A massive new vaping ban is sweeping the state and leaving a lot of ecig fans feeling frustrated. When Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 97 into law, it happened quietly and most people never even noticed. But now that school is about to start back, the change is legislation is making major waves.
The new changes will impact thousands of parents across the state of the Texas. Senate Bill 97 prohibits possessing or using electronic cigarettes at any school-related or school-sanctioned activity even if it isn’t on campus. That means vaping isn’t allowed anywhere involved with schools, including the high school football games that draw crowds on a regular basis.
School boards have until October 1st to publicize and enforce the ecigarette ban. A lot of parents will be surprised when they are asked to leave a football game because they took a puff of an ecig in the parking lot or while sitting in the bleachers. Dax Gonzalez, communications manager for the Texas Association of School Boards in Austin, believes most school districts won’t have trouble enforcing the new rules. “I’m sure a good number of them (school districts) were already banning them,” he said. “There might be some angry parents, but I am sure there are some who are happy about it, too.”
Thanks to Senate Bill 97, ecigs are now officially on the list of banned items like knives, guns, and illicit drugs. It seems ludicrous to outlaw electronic cigarettes like this considering they are tobacco-free and don’t put others at risk with secondhand smoke. For parents that vape to avoid tobacco use, this could be a major setback to their progress. Even worse, it infringes on the freedom of adults to make their own choices in terms of health. What’s next, Texas? Will you ban candy and soda at football games because the sugar content isn’t healthy?
What do you think of the new rules? Should adults be allowed to vape at football games?