Texas passes bill raising smoking age to 21

A man smoking an e-cigarette. | Photo Source: Pixabay / MGN

AUSTIN, Texas (CBS) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 21 into law Friday, which prohibits the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products to Texans younger than 21.

The law, which goes into effect September 1st, allows an exception for those in the military.

Those who supported SB 21 say it will save lives because 95 percent of smokers start before age 21, and three-fourths of adult smokers try their first cigarette before their 18th birthday.

Seven other states have already passed a similar policy and so have hundreds of cities, including San Antonio.