Tobacco Enforcement Program
The Tobacco Enforcement Program (TEP) was created in 2012 by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and funding was provided to the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State University. TxSSC funds local law enforcement agencies across the state of Texas to help enforce Texas laws regarding youth access to tobacco products.
TxSSC has created this TEP Manual to aid all law enforcement agencies funded through this program.
Funding Available for FY2015 Tobacco Enforcement Program
The Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University (TxSSC) on behalf of the Department of State Health Service (DSHS), Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch is soliciting applications from local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of conducting Controlled Buy/Stings of tobacco permitted retail outlets in respective jurisdictions for State Fiscal Year 2015. The Tobacco Enforcement Program (TEP) is a program of the TxSSC and is funded through a contract from DSHS. The program covers the entire fiscal year (September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015). Selected law enforcement agency contractors providing services under this announcement will conduct on-site Controlled Buy/Stings involving the use of minors as decoys, record the Controlled Buy/Sting information on the DSHS Controlled Buy/Sting Report Form, and submit monthly activity reports to TxSSC. TxSSC will reimburse contracted law enforcement agencies $75.00 for each completed Controlled Buy/Sting conducted. Applications were mailed to all law enforcement agencies in Texas on April 15, 2014. TxSSC will be accepting applications for this contract through May 30, 2014. For question, contact Chad L. Nolte at (512) 245-9665, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Texas Tobacco Law
The Texas legislature passed the Texas Tobacco Law in 1997 to limit minors' access to tobacco and thereby prevent young people from a lifetime of tobacco addiction and possible disease and premature death.
The law holds retailers accountable for tobacco sales to minors and provides strict consequences for youth who are cited for using, purchasing or even possessing tobacco products. If they're under 18, it's illegal for them to have cigarettes, dip or other forms of tobacco and for anyone to provide it for them.
Please go to www.texastobaccolaw.org to learn more about the state and federal laws affecting minors and tobacco, to find Texas Youth Tobacco Awareness Program classes and information, and to participate in an online training course entitled, "Enforcing Tobacco Laws in Texas." TCLEOSE credit is available to all law enforcement officers successfully completing this online course.
This is a compilation of local, state, and federal laws pertaining to tobacco enforcement. For your convenience the handbook has an active table of contents that allows you to navigate through the different sections of the handbook.