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The various codes and statutes below deal with most of the issues addressed by Senate Bill #55 (75th Leg. - 1997) or are pertinent to enforcement of, and compliance with Texas tobacco law.

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes) Senate Bill #55 (75th Leg. - 1997) Original Language from date of passage.

 

Texas Tobacco Related Laws:

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)Health & Safety Code - Chapter 161

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blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)Penal Code - Chapter 48

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)Education Code - Chapter 38

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)Tax Code - Chapter 154

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)Tax Code - Chapter 155

 

Texas Administrative Code Sections impacting tobacco enforcement:  

Title 34, Part 1, Chapter 3, Subchapter JJ - Rules

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)3.1201 - Fee for Outdoor Advertising of Cigarettes or Tobacco Products

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)3.1202 - Warning Notice Signs

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)3.1203 - Approved Seller Training Programs

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)3.1204 - Administrative Remedies for Violations of Health and Safety Code, Chapter 161, Subchapter H or K

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)3.1205 - Delivery Sales of Cigarettes (Health and Safety Code, Chapter 161, Subchapter R)

 

Click here for a brief summary of the most common tobacco related definitions found in Texas tobacco law.

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Texas STEP's reference card for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges is now available online for downloading, printing, and laminating.

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This card contains the same information provided to law enforcement officers attending Texas STEP's training on tobacco law enforcement. 

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blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)Health & Safety Code - Chapter 161

 

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)SUBCHAPTER H.  DISTRIBUTION OF CIGARETTES OR TOBACCO PRODUCTS

  161.082.  Sale of Cigarettes or Tobacco Products to Persons Younger Than 18 Years of Age Prohibited; Proof of Age Required.

  161.083.  Sale of Cigarettes or Tobacco Products to Persons Younger Than 27 Years of Age.

  161.084.  Warning Notice. - Also see the following:  80(R) SB 91 - Amendment to 161.084 regarding warning for pregnant women

  161.085.  Notification of Employees and Agents.

  161.086.  Vendor Assisted Sales Required; Vending Machines.

  161.087.  Distribution of Cigarettes or Tobacco Products.

  161.088.  Enforcement; Unannounced Inspections.

  161.089.  Preemption of Local Law.

  161.090.  Reports of Violation.

  161.0901.  Report of Office of Smoking and Health.

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)SUBCHAPTER K.  PROHIBITION OF CERTAIN CIGARETTE OR TOBACCO PRODUCT ADVERTISING; FEE

  161.122.  Prohibition Relating to Certain Signs; Exceptions.

  161.123.  Advertising Fee.

  161.124.  Use of Advertising Fee.

  161.125.  Administrative Penalty.

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)SUBCHAPTER N.  TOBACCO USE BY MINORS

. 161.252.  Possession, Purchase, Consumption, or Receipt of Cigarettes or Tobacco Products by Minors Prohibited.

  161.253.  Tobacco Awareness Program; Community Service.

  161.254.  Driver's License Suspension or Denial.

  161.255.  Expungement of Conviction.

  161.256.  Jurisdiction of Courts.

  161.257.  Application of Other Law.

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)SUBCHAPTER O.  PREVENTION OF TOBACCO USE BY MINORS

  161.301.  Tobacco Use Public Awareness Campaign.

  161.302.  Grant Program for Youth Groups.

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)SUBCHAPTER P.  DISCLOSURE OF INGREDIENTS IN CIGARETTES AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS

  161.352.  Report to Department.

. 161.353.  Nicotine Yield Ratings.

. 161.354.  Public Information.

  161.355.  Injunction.

blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)SUBCHAPTER R. DELIVERY SALES OF CIGARETTES

Subchapter R, Delivery Sales of Cigarettes, consisting of Secs. 161.451 to 161.462, was added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 730, 1.

Added in 2003, in plain language this subchapter deals with issues surrounding the mail-order purchase, or internet purchase of tobacco products, and the requirements placed on the delivery agent(s), and sellers of tobacco products by these methods.

Click Here for the Comptroller's Internet web page regarding Internet Sales & Delivery.

161.451. DEFINITIONS

161.452. REQUIREMENTS FOR DELIVERY SALES

161.453. AGE VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT

161.454. DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

161.455. SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS

161.456. REGISTRATION AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

161.457. COLLECTION OF TAXES

161.458. GENERAL OFFENSES

161.459. KNOWING VIOLATION

161.460. CIVIL PENALTY FOR NONPAYMENT OF TAX

161.461. FORFEITURE

161.462. ENFORCEMENT

 

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This chapter of the penal code deals with penalties associated with criminal law violations and adjudication under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

CHAPTER 12.  PUNISHMENTS

   12.03. Classification of Misdemeanors

   12.23. Class C Misdemeanor

 

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This chapter of the penal code deals with conduct affecting public health which includes smoking in public places.

CHAPTER 48.  CONDUCT AFFECTING PUBLIC HEALTH

   48.01. Smoking Tobacco

   48.015. Prohibitions Relating to Certain Cigarettes

 

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blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)Education Code - Chapter 38

This chapter of the education code deals with a school board's responsibility regarding general health & safety issues, which include alcohol & tobacco on school property. 

NOTE:  This is a violation of school board policy, and as a result should be handled according to district disciplinary guidelines.  Criminal citations are not applicable to use when addressing children or parents for failing to comply with these policies.  For violations regarding underage minors we recommend using the Health and Safety Code, section 161.252 - Possession, Purchase, Consumption, or Receipt of Cigarettes or Tobacco Products by Minors Prohibited.

CHAPTER 38.  HEALTH AND SAFETY

  38.006.  Tobacco on School Property.

 

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NOTE:  Enforcement of the tax code is legislated to the Comptroller, or an agent of the Comptroller. 

Local law enforcement officers may run across issues while enforcing the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 161, therefore we are including the following for educational purposes only. 

Local law enforcement officers can contact the Comptroller's office regarding the following:

  • Comptroller's Office: Toll Free Number For Information About Tobacco Permits: 1-800-862-2260
  • Comptroller's Office: Toll Free Number For Seller Training Certification: 1-800-531-5441, ext. 6-5946
  • Comptroller's Office: Toll Free Number For Tax Enforcement Issues: 1-800-388-2883
  • Comptroller's local numbers in Austin:
        Permits  463-1693
        Regulatory  936-5946
        Enforcement  305-9783

CHAPTER 154.  CIGARETTE TAX

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blue_dot2.gif (531 bytes)Tax Code

NOTE:  Enforcement of the tax code is legislated to the Comptroller, or an agent of the Comptroller. 

Local law enforcement officers may run across issues while enforcing the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 161, therefore we are including the following for educational purposes only. 

Local law enforcement officers can contact the Comptroller's office regarding the following:

  • Comptroller's Office: Toll Free Number For Information About Tobacco Permits: 1-800-862-2260
  • Comptroller's Office: Toll Free Number For Seller Training Certification: 1-800-531-5441, ext. 6-5946
  • Comptroller's Office: Toll Free Number For Tax Enforcement Issues: 1-800-388-2883
  • Comptroller's local numbers in Austin:
        Permits  463-1693
        Regulatory  936-5946
        Enforcement  305-9783

CHAPTER 155.  CIGARS AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS TAX

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