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December 3, 2019

Interim Charge Hearing: Vaping Issues in Texas

On this #GivingTuesday, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services (HHS) met to hear from experts and the public regarding the emerging public health concerns from the rise in e-cigarette use and “vaping,” especially among minors; and to determine if additional policies or laws are needed to protect the public’s health. The HHS Committee heard from several panels of doctors, educators, bureaucrats and other experts. Then they accepted comments from the public. Our executive director was present to offer a Vaping/Vaporizing Fact Sheet and thoughtful testimony. Please make a donation to support our important interim education. “You outlaw it or you can regulate it, which we do not have the resources and bureaucracy to do. And let’s not forget that personal responsibility is important,” said […]
November 24, 2019


#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. Make a tax-deductible gift today to Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT), whose educational mission covers providing Texans with knowledge about cannabis, the biological mechanisms, the physiological aspects and socio-economic impacts through tools and resources such as seminars, trainings, and on-line resources. Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together.  Make a one time donation or become a sustaining donor we can rely on during the interim and leading into the 2021 Legislative Session. Thank you […]
November 22, 2019

Shop with Purpose on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

As our team continues to educate and empower Texans, we wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to support the educational efforts of the Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT) while shopping on Amazon. Through the AmazonSmile program, a small percentage of every purchase you make on Amazon will be donated to a charity you select. Please select FIT as your prefered charity before you do all your BLack Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping. You can set it up quickly and easily by going to and entering Foundation for an Informed Texas as your designated charity.  The program is operated by Amazon, so the shopping experience is exactly the same — except that 0.5% of the price of each product you purchase on Amazon will […]
November 14, 2019

HHSC Executive Council Meets to Discuss Vaping and Definition for Incurable Neurodegenerative Diseases

Today in Austin, the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Executive Council held a meeting to discuss the current vaping issues in Texas and the proposed definition for a condition recently added to the Texas Compassionate Use Program (TCUP), incurable neurodegenerative diseases. Our executive director attended the public meeting and below are items of note on these two agenda items. Vaping: HHSC Commissioner Dr John Hellerstedt gave an overview on the current status of the state’s response to vaping illness, know as EVAIL (for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury). On August 14, 2019, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) was first notified. DSHS has worked in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and local […]
October 29, 2019

Breaking: USDA Issues Hemp Regulations

UPDATED: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued regulations governing the production of hemp as an agricultural commodity in the form of an interim final rule. The interim final rule covers the requirements for where hemp can be grown, THC testing standards, the disposal process for crops that don’t meet federal standards and licensing protocols. (Read the draft version of the interim final rule.) These federal hemp regulations are effective immediately, but subject to change based on public comment. The interim final rule on hemp have been formally published in the Federal Register on Thursday, followed by a 60-day public comment period that ends on 12/30/19. You can submit public comment here. Once the rules are finalized, Texas can submit their state-level regulations plans. Once […]