Bills proposed to raise smoking age to 21 in Texas

Texas lawmakers have proposed bipartisan legislation that targets young cigarette smokers.

The bills were filed to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.

Senate Bill 338 was filed in the Texas Senate by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) and House Bill 749 was filed in the Texas House by Rep. John Zerwas, MD, (R-Richmond).

The identical bills also ban the sale of tobacco products, cigarettes, and electronic cigarettes from being sold to anyone under 21.

According to the CDC, 7.4% of Texas high school students smoked cigarettes,10.3% of students used e-cigarettes, 5.4% used smokeless tobacco and 7.0%  smoked cigars on at least one day in the past 30 days in 2017.

10,400 kids become daily smokers every year.

Seven states have raised the minimum tobacco sale age to 21.