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Texas Senate passes bill to raise smoking age to 21 || Active military members exempt


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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.”


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  1. Wow, I don’t even smoke, yet i find this kind of ignorant. We strive for our children to start making adult decisions at the age of
    18 years old, And their decisions now have adult consequences, But the government still insists on keeping their hands in our
    youths pockets in order to get that one last chance at getting what ever change they still have jingling in their pockets. An offense
    will probably lead to some kind of other court costs, and the cycle continues. Good Job Texas !!!

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