Texas 21 is a coalition of organizations whose mission is to save lives by preventing tobacco use.
About 95 percent of smokers start before age 21. In Texas, 10,400 kids become daily smokers every year; One-third of them will die prematurely as a result, according to the American Cancer Society.
Raising the tobacco sale age to 21 is an effective strategy to fight tobacco use and it’s gaining momentum nationwide, campaign organizers explained.
Six states (California, Hawaii, Oregon, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maine) have raised their tobacco sale ages to 21, along with at least 340 cities and counties across the country. Now there’s an effort underway to do the same in Texas.
Already, cities such as San Antonio have banned the sale of tobacco products to those under the age of 21.
Critics say the ordinance is unfair to small tobacco shops within the city limits, as this will force those between the ages of 18-21 to purchase the products from other businesses located outside the city limits.
It is still unclear as to whether or not this proposal will be raised in Mt. Pleasant.