Texas legislation to increase legal smoking age - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/31/09

Texas legislation to increase legal smoking age

AUSTIN, TEXAS (AP) - Eighteen-year-old Texans looking to light up after graduation could have to wait an extra year.

A bill that would increase the legal age for buying tobacco products to 19 years, passed unanimously through a state Senate committee Tuesday. Sen. Carlos Uresti, of San Antonio, said his bill could cut 18-year-old tobacco use 20 percent. It could also mean as much as $12.5 million less in tax revenue for the state over the next two years.

With the Senate Health and Human Services Committee approval, the proposal now seeks a hearing with the full Senate.

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