By Maxey H.B. No. 1728 77R6867 CBH-F A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the use of cigarettes and tobacco products at state 1-3 hospitals. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Subchapter A, Chapter 552, Health and Safety Code, 1-6 is amended by adding Section 552.002 to read as follows: 1-7 Sec. 552.002. CIGARETTES AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS. (a) In this 1-8 section: 1-9 (1) "Cigarette" has the meaning assigned by Section 1-10 154.001, Tax Code. 1-11 (2) "Tobacco product" has the meaning assigned by 1-12 Section 155.001, Tax Code. 1-13 (b) The department shall permit the possession, delivery, 1-14 and use of cigarettes and tobacco products by patients and staff of 1-15 state hospitals. 1-16 (c) The department shall provide for the designation by the 1-17 superintendent of each state hospital of approved areas in which 1-18 patients and staff of the state hospital are permitted to use 1-19 cigarettes and tobacco products. The approved areas must be 1-20 accessible to the patients and staff. 1-21 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives 1-22 a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as 1-23 provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this 1-24 Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this 2-1 Act takes effect September 1, 2001.