VAPING AND E-CIGARETTE
Proposed Changes to Smoking Ordinance
WHAT ARE E-
• E-cigarettes are battery-powered
smoking devices that use
cartridges filled with liquids.
Those cartridges contain
nicotine, flavoring and other
• The liquid is heated up by the
device and produces a vapor,
which is where the term “vaping”
WHAT ARE E-
• Besides nicotine, a popular
substance used in e-cigarettes is
THC, (tetrahydrocannabidoil), the
active ingredient in marijuana
that produces a high. CBD
(cannabidiol) is also used but
does not produce a high.
• E-cigarettes can be purchased
online and in stores, including
specialty tobacco stores or vape
• EVALI (Electronic Vaping Associated Lung Injury) – A
recently coined phrase from the CDC to describe
widespread lung illnesses from vaping and e-cigarette use.
• Dangerous chemicals found in e-cigarettes include
propylene glycol, glycerol, and diacteyl.
• Along with chemicals to produce flavoring, they are linked
to cancer as well other serious lung conditions. When these
liquids are heated up, they produce fine particles that are
released into the lungs.
• A common ingredient in e-cigarette flavoring is diacetyl,
which causes bronchiolitis obliterans. Also known as
popcorn lung, it scars the tiny air sacs in the lungs, causing
thickening and narrowing of the airways and leading to
wheezing and shortness of breath.
• Addictive nicotine can harm adolescent brain development.
The brain continues developing into the mid-20s. Nnicotine
can harm the parts of the brain that control
attention, learning, mood, and impulse control, and can
be a gateway to using other substances.
Cases of Lung
Related to Vaping
Public Health Region
North Texas (2/3) 131
Southeast Texas (6/5S) 43
Central Texas (7) 28
South Texas (8) 13
Rio Grande Valley (11) 13
East Texas (4/5N) 6
Panhandle (10) 4
West Texas (9/10) 3
• The FDA will take steps to remove most unauthorized
flavored e-cigarettes from the market. It applies to mint,
fruit, and dessert flavors, but not menthol or tobacco-
• Teens will likely switch to menthol flavoring or use a tank
instead of disposable e-cigarettes since the ban on the
flavors was not extended to tanks.
• Companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution, and
sale of unauthorized, flavored, cartridge-based e-
cigarettes (other than tobacco or menthol) within 30 days
risk FDA actions.
First ordinance passed in 2009 with minor revisions in
Electronic cigarettes were included in the first ordinance.
In 2019, the City of Bryan passed its first smoking
ordinance, and it included more specific language related
to vaping and e-cigarette use.
We are proposing to add similar language that expressly
includes vaping in sections where vaping is not stated.
Proposed language changes:
Amend definitions of smoking to include vaping, and add a
vape shop definition.
Amend minors’ age to 21 with an exception for military
service, following recent changes to state law.
Add that vape possession and use of e-cigarettes by
minors is prohibited.