Lakeway officials could include vaping as part of city’s existing smoking ban

Lakeway City Council Member Laurie Higginbotham led officials in a discussion of the dangers of vaping and its prevalence among Lake Travis-area youth. (Screenshot from Jan. 13 special City Council meeting)
Lakeway City Council Member Laurie Higginbotham led officials in a discussion of the dangers of vaping and its prevalence among Lake Travis-area youth. (Screenshot from Jan. 13 special City Council meeting)

Lakeway City Council Member Laurie Higginbotham led officials in a discussion of the dangers of vaping and its prevalence among Lake Travis-area youth. (Screenshot from Jan. 13 special City Council meeting)

Following a robust discussion during a Jan. 13 special meeting, Lakeway officials will vote on amending the city's smoking ordinance to include the use of e-cigarettes in public places.

City Council could vote on the ordinance amendment during its Jan. 21 regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.

If council were to do so, the new verbiage will include vaping behaviors within its definition of smoking behaviors and therefore include a vaping ban in areas where smoking is banned.

The new language to the city code will state: “Smoke or smoking also includes the inhaling, exhaling, emitting of smoke or vapor, or any other use of an e-cigarette as defined by Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. § 161.081(1-a), as amended.”

During the Jan. 13 discussion, Council Member Laurie Higginbotham said that through her involvement with the Young Men’s Service League and her two school-age children, she has been hearing more and more about how ubiquitous the issue of underage vaping has become.


"Administrators estimate that as much 50% to 70% of kids at Lake Travis High School have at least tried vaping," Higginbotham said.
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By Brian Rash

Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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