A new law going into effect on Sunday will raise the age you can buy tobacco in Texas from 18 to 21.

With this new law, Texas becomes the 16th state to raise the age of tobacco sale age from 18 to 21. In June Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 21 to stop the sale of tobacco products including cigarettes, and e-cigarettes, to any Texan uner the age of 21. The only exception would be those in the military. This law will take effect on September  1

Shelby Massey, government relations director-Texas, American Heart Association:

“Senate Bill 21 would not be law without the hard work and leadership of bill authors Senator Joan Huffman and Representative John Zerwas. Thank you to them, Governor Abbott and the Texas Legislature for taking this important step to reduce and eventually eliminate the toll of tobacco on young Texans. Delaying the age when young people first begin to use tobacco – the leading cause of preventable death – will reduce the risk they will develop a deadly addiction.”

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