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New Texas Bill Aims To Raise Legal Age To Purchase Tobacco Products


By Krystal Cruz

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In order to decrease annual tobacco-related deaths, officials are proposing to increase the purchasing age of tobacco from 18 to 21 in House Bill 1908. Rep. John Zerwas, a co-author of the bill, says the bill could dramatically change Texas’ public health overall since tobacco is the number one cause of death in the state.

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The bill seeks to protect younger smokers between the ages 15 and 17 who get tobacco from their 18-year-old friends. Officials hope increasing the purchasing age will reduce the number of tobacco-using youth.

Although this bill could prevent death in the Texas population, there is still skepticism surrounding whether or not it would truly decrease the amount of young tobacco users.

To read more about what health officials and young tobacco users on campus think about this legislation with the Daily Texan, click here.