Texas governor signs bill raising tobacco sale age to 21


Cigarettes are displayed on store shelves Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Beverly Hills is considering outlawing the sale of tobacco products, a move that would make the glamorous California city the first in the nation to enact such a ban. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Texas is becoming the 15th state in the nation to prohibit the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products to anyone younger than 21 years of age.

Over the weekend Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill making 21 the legal age that a person can buy tobacco products in the Lone Star State.

It comes at a time when there is a push nationally to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

The Texas law will go into effect on Sept. 1 and will have an exception for members of the military.

The law states a violation amounts to a class C misdemeanor and a fine of up to $500.

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