Stopping the Epidemic

In: The Lonestar Weekly   Posted 12/07/2019

We know that use of e-cigarettes by children is on the rise: nationwide, almost 28 percent of high school students and one in ten middle school students are using e-cigarettes.

They’re billed as a “healthy” alternative to a cigarette, but we know they can just be just as addictive and deadly – we even had the first vaping-related death in North Texas this fall.

Yesterday in Fort Worth, I was joined by experts at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center as well as Mayor Betsy Price and other public health experts to hold a roundtable on the dangers of vaping and discuss how legislation and local efforts can help curb e-cigarette use in Texas.

I’ve introduced a bill in the Senate, the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act, to put into place the same safeguards for e-cigarettes as regular cigarettes when purchased online.

This is a real, big issue – a recent survey found that one-third of underage e-cigarette users bought them over the Internet.

This bill already has bipartisan support, so I’m hopeful we can pass it and get it to President Trump’s desk soon to help stop this wave of addiction.

For Texas,