Texas governor signs bill raising tobacco sale age to 21

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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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