With minor tweaks, Texas House gives initial approval to raise tobacco purchasing age

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Tuesday, the Texas House gave its initial approval to a bill that would raise the tobacco sale age from 18 to 21.

Minor adjustments made to the bill on the House floor means the bill will need to head back to the Senate — before it can be sent to the Governor.

So far 15 other states have also taken steps to raise the minimum tobacco sale age.

Charlie Gagen, the Texas Grassroots Director at the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network said: 

“In Texas, it is a leading cause of preventable death — more than alcohol, accidents and illegal drugs combined — so it is a serious public health concern and we believe that by raising the age to 21 it’s an effective tool to help combat that use.”

The bill would apply to e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well.    

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