Odessa City Council may change tobacco ordinance

Odessa City Council may change tobacco ordinance

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - The city of Odessa is looking to change where electronic cigarettes can be used. An ordinance is looking to add e-cigarettes as another form of illegal tobacco use where cigarettes are also not allowed.

The ordinance described e-cigarettes as any device that simulates smoking by using a mechanical heating element, battery, or electronic circuit to deliver nicotine or other substances to the individual inhaling from the device.

One of the more popular forms of e-cigarettes is vaping.

Parts of the ordinance read:

It will be unlawful for any person to use tobacco products or e-cigarettes within 50 feet of spectator seating and in any public park which includes but isn't limited to baseball, softball, and soccer fields, volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts, playgrounds, aquatic centers, swimming pools and facilities, restrooms and other public recreation areas.

It also said any stores, health care facilities, elevators, museums, libraries will also make it illegal to use e-cigarettes and could mean a fine of $500.

Under Section 48.01 of the Texas Penal Code and Sections 161.081 and 161.082 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, it described what qualifies as an e-cigarettes and where it can't be used in Texas.

Almost one year ago, state law made it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors.

Two readings on the ordinance have been passed already it has not been signed by the mayor or city staff.

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