The Texas Senate recently voted in favor of a bill that would raise the legal age for smokers from 18 to 21 for everyone except active military members.
Sponsored by Senator Joan Huffman, R-Houston, the bill passed in the Senate 20-11 without debate and will be sent to the House for approval.
“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,” Texas’ Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement. “Increasing the age to purchase tobacco products in Texas to 21 will not only improve public health and save countless lives, but it will also save Texans billions of dollars in health care costs.”