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The 411 on House Bill 114

Attention all parents, grandparents, and caregivers! Effective September 1, 2023, per Texas House Bill 114, If your child is caught with a vape, they could be placed into a discipline alternative education program (DAEP) or alternative school. Stay informed! Contact your school's administration to learn more about prevention education or how your child's school is handling students caught with a vape.


The 411 on House Bill 114

During a Paso del Norte Health Foundation presentation on vaping for El Paso school administrators, Jeffrey Willett, the national vice president of integrated strategies for the American Heart Association said “If we remove students from the classroom for a suspension or expulsion, it has a negative impact on their education, a negative impact on likelihood young people will graduate or how likely they are to attend college.”



In 2023, the 88th Texas Legislature amended the Texas Education Code to make e-cigarette

related offenses a mandatory placement in a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP). In Texas, an individual must be at least 21 years old to legally buy or own tobacco products, including e-cigarettes or vape devices.


 

Vaping in Texas Public Schools - TASB School Law eSource

 

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