Texas Might Raise the Age Limit on Tobacco Products to 21—and Tobacco Companies Are Fine With It

Mar 22, 2019 By Dan Solomon

There’ve been a number of legislative proposals over the past decade to raise the age at which it’s legal to buy tobacco products from 18, where it currently sits in Texas, to 21. Thus far, all of them have gone nowhere—but 2019 might be the year it happens. If it does, it’ll be because of support from unlikely places: Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, whose party has historically been uninterested in… Read Story

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