Tobacco Policy

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Effective September 1, 2019

Effective Sept. 1, 2019, the 86th Legislature passed Senate Bill 21, which increased the legal age for a person from 18 to 21 for the sale, distribution, possession, purchase, consumption or receipt of cigarettes, e-cigarettes or tobacco products.

A "minor" is considered a person under 21 years of age per the Health and Safety Code.

The new law excludes the following persons from the new age requirement:

  • individuals who are at least 18 years of age and in the United States military forces or state military forces and show at the time of purchase a valid military identification card; or
  • individuals born on or before Aug. 31, 2001. For example, a person who was 18 years of age or older before Sept. 1, 2019, can purchase cigarettes, e-cigarettes or tobacco products.

The new law also removes the provision allowing minors to possess tobacco products in the presence of a parent, a guardian, or a spouse.

Minors who violate the tobacco law can be fined up to $100 and be required to attend a tobacco awareness program or participate in tobacco-related community service. Parents of a minor convicted of a violation may be required to attend the tobacco awareness program with their child.

Odessa College programs including 30 for 30 and the Wrangler Fit Challenge demonstrate our commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors; and this August, the Board of Trustees approved a new tobacco policy:

Effective March 13, 2017

The Odessa College District prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes on College District property, in College District vehicles, and at College District-related activities, unless the use is in a designated area approved by the College President.
The use of tobacco products is only permitted at designated smoking areas on the Odessa College campus. Designated smoking areas are no closer than 30 feet to building entrances and have been identified and clearly marked as smoking areas. To see a campus map showing the designated smoking areas, click here. Receptacles for extinguishing smoking materials have been placed in appropriate locations on campus.
Tobacco use at the Andrews,  Monahans and Pecos extension centers as well as the American Legion Field and Graham Center is prohibited within 30 feet of the building/facility entrances.
Non-smoking signs and notices will be updated at each entrance to campus buildings. The tobacco policy applies to all employees, students, independent contractors, and visitors.
Odessa College asks for your cooperation in abiding by the tobacco policy and reminding others to use the designated smoking areas at all times. The policy was designed to be respectful of tobacco and nontobacco users alike, and is intended to allow everyone the opportunity to enter all Odessa College facilities without encountering a smoke-filled environment. The only way this policy can be effective is if all of us ask individuals not abiding by the policy to please show the proper courtesy to others. Thank you for your assistance.