Bill Raising to 21 the Legal Age for Buying Tobacco, E-cigs in Texas Is Sent to Gov. Greg Abbott

AUSTIN -- Only Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature is required for Texas to join more than a dozen states in requiring purchasers of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to be 21 years old.On Tuesday, the Senate agreed to House changes and sent Abbott a bill that would raise the legal sales age for such products from 18. The vote was 27-4. Voting against were GOP Sens. Brian Birdwell of Granbury, Dawn Buckingham of Lakeway, Pat Fallon of Frisco and Angela Paxton of McKinney.If Abbott signs Senate Bill 21, Texas would be the most populous southern state to embrace so-called Tobacco 21 or “T21” legislation.  Continue reading...

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