Tobacco products are all types of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, dip and all e-cigarettes and vaping products.
A tobacco user is a person who has used any tobacco products, as defined in the policy, five or more times within the past three consecutive months.
The ERS Board of Trustees added e-cigarettes and vaping products to the list of tobacco products effective September 1, 2020. This aligns with tobacco product definitions in the Texas Health and Safety Code and with policies by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nicotine replacement products, such as gum and patches, are not considered tobacco products.