E-cigs now banned on Williamson County property

A sales associate demonstrates the use of a electronic cigarette and the smoke like vapor that comes from it . (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The use of electronic cigarettes on county property has been banned in Williamson County after commissioners approved an amendment to their tobacco-free campus policy.

The new rules go into effect Feb. 11.

Williamson County originally adopted a tobacco-free campus policy on Oct. 1, 2010.

The policy prohibits smoking or using any tobacco product while on Williamson County premises, excluding Williamson County parks, roads, the jail or the Central Texas Treatment Center.

County officials say that although some proponents of e-cigarettes have called them a cessation tool to help quit smoking, according to the Department of Health & Human Services’ BeTobaccoFree.gov website, they have not been submitted for evaluation or approval by the FDA, and there is insufficient evidence to support those claims.

There are currently no electronic cigarettes that are FDA-approved for therapeutic purposes.

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