Texas House Bill 114 (H.B. 114) is a significant legislative measure that targets the possession, use, or delivery of e-cigarettes, specifically, on or near public school property or at certain school events. The bill proposes amendments to the Education Code with the primary goal of curbing the use of e-cigarettes among students.
Under H.B. 114, any student caught with possession of an e-cigarette will face serious consequences, as the bill classifies offenses related to e-cigarettes as mandatory Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) offenses. This means that students found with e-cigarettes will be automatically assigned to the district’s Alternative School, leading to potential disruptions in their academic journey and overall well-being.
The bill recognizes the negative impact of e-cigarettes on student health and academic performance. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance that poses severe health risks, particularly for adolescents. Students who engage in vaping may experience respiratory problems, lung damage, and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, affecting their physical health and potentially leading to long-term health issues.
Moreover, the presence of e-cigarettes in schools can lead to academic distractions and disengagement. Students caught vaping during school hours may face disciplinary actions, leading to increased absenteeism and decreased focus in the classroom. Such behaviors can hinder their ability to learn effectively, impacting their academic progress and overall educational experience.
With the passage of H.B. 114, the Bellville Independent School District is committed to addressing the challenges posed by e-cigarettes and implementing proactive measures to combat their usage among students. The district will focus on raising awareness about the health risks, legal consequences, and academic impact of vaping through educational programs and counseling services.
By enforcing the new law consistently and collaborating with parents and guardians, the Bellville Independent School District aims to create a safe and supportive environment that discourages the use of e-cigarettes, promoting the well-being and academic success of every student.