Texas Senate Approves Legislation Raising Age To Purchase Tobacco Products To 21

Chris Fox
April 10, 2019 - 8:41 am
Tobacco Products, Cigarette,  e-cigarette

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - The Texas State Senate approved Senator Joan Huffman’s HB 21 by a vote of 20-to-11.

The goal of Huffman’s bill is to keep cigarettes and vape pens out of the hands of High School kids.

Huffman’s roll-out of the bill included recent statistics about the long-term impact of the bill. “If the minimum legal age for tobacco consumption in Texas was raised to 21 there would be 32,027 fewer tobacco-related deaths by the year 2100.”

Huffman had one additional amendment to the bill before the Senate passed it on to engrossment. She said, “I will add an exception for members of active duty state or federal military service. This bill would allow individuals who are over the age of 18 to purchase, use or possess tobacco or e-cigarettes by showing their military ID.”

Raising the tobacco age to 21 has been a top priority of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick this session.

After the Senate gave preliminary approval of the bill Patrick released the following statement:

"I want to thank Sen. Huffman for passing this important legislation for the children of Texas. Senate Bill 21 will save lives and is an investment in Texas' future. Increasing the age to purchase tobacco products in Texas to 21 will not only improve public health and save countless lives, it will save Texans billions of dollars in health care costs."

After third reading of the bill it will head to the Texas House.