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State of Texas Enacts Law Making Vaping at School and Possessing Vaping Products at School Illegal

The Texas Legislature recently enacted House Bill 114, requiring all public school districts to implement mandatory disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP) placement for students found in possession of, using, selling, giving, or delivering e-cigarettes or vaping devices on school grounds or at a school-related event.


The bill goes into effect September 1, and the alternative school placement, required by law, is made regardless of whether the substance being vaped is a controlled substance or not.


DEAP programs and facilities are required for all public schools as outlined in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code to address disciplinary issues that violate Title 5 of the Texas penal code, as well as crimes and violations that happen on school grounds.


Teen vaping has become a major public health concern in recent years. While electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) were initially marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, research has shown that they can be just as harmful, especially for young people. Experts also state that the use of e-cigarettes has skyrocketed amongst teenagers since 2014.


South San Antonio ISD (SSAISD) asks parents to discuss this new state law with their children so they are aware of the consequences and how it can be detrimental to not only their health but their educational future. 


"It's critical as we are beginning the school year, that both students and parents understand this house bill very clearly, and that conversations about it begin now in the home so that everyone is aware,” SSAISD Superintendent of Schools Henry Yzaguirre said.

For more information on HB 114, visit