New E-Cigarette Ordinance….for Highland Village

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Highland Village City Council passed the final read of amendments to the Health and Sanitation Ordinance relating to the use of e-cigarettes. The amendment incorporates e-cigarettes into the “smoking of tobacco products” language within the ordinance. With this ordinance e-cigarettes are treated the same as tobacco products in that their use is prohibited in certain public places, such as public parks, indoor areas of restaurants, retail stores and offices. The amended ordinance defines e-cigarettes the same as the 84th Texas Legislature recently approved. This ordinance goes into effect , giving you time to place appropriate signage and come into compliance.

Highland Village City Council passed the final read of amendments to the Health and Sanitation Ordinance relating to the use of e-cigarettes. The amendment incorporates e-cigarettes into the “smoking of tobacco products” language within the ordinance. With this ordinance e-cigarettes are treated the same as tobacco products in that their use is prohibited in certain public places, such as public parks, indoor areas of restaurants, retail stores and offices. The amended ordinance defines e-cigarettes the same as the 84th Texas Legislature recently approved. This ordinance goes into effect October 1, 2015, giving you time to place appropriate signage and come into compliance.

Ordinance Requirements for Posting of Signs (Section 10.03.010)

  • The owner, manager or other person having control of such building or premises where smoking and the use of E- Cigarettes is prohibited by this article shall have a conspicuously posted sign clearly stating ” No Smoking or Vaping,” ” No Smoking Including Electronic Cigarettes,” or ” No Smoking Including E-Cigarettes” at each entrance, whether for the public, employees or deliveries, and at restroom entrances.
  • The signs required by subsection ( a) of this section shall have bold lettering of not less than one inch in height. The international ” No Smoking” symbol, consisting of a pictorial representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle with red bar across it, and ” No Vaping” symbol, consisting of a pictorial representation of an E- Cigarette with vapor being emitted or an electrical bolt symbol over the end opposite the mouthpiece enclosed in a red circle with red bar across it may also be used either separately or in combination as a single sign.
  • Any owner, manager, or other person having control of any establishment regulated by this article shall be responsible for posting appropriate signage.

See the ordinance for details and additional requirements. Please let Laurie Mullens & Lori Wright know if you have questions or call them at (972) 899-5131.

Source: Information from Highland Village Business Association

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