San Antonio residents on Thursday will have an opportunity to voice their support for a smoke-free policy proposal for local parks.
On Oct. 1, San Antonio will become the first Texas city to restrict the sale of tobacco products to those 21 and older.
San Antonio recently passed a law that prevents merchants from selling tobacco products to anyone under 21, becoming the first Texas city to do so.
As an allergy, asthma, and immunology specialist, I am a strong supporter of raising the age for legally purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21.
“I’m a senior in high school here in San Antonio and a strong supporter of raising the tobacco age from 18 to 21.”
“I’m active in the fight to raise the tobacco age from 18 to 21 in San Antonio because of my own story and experience.”
Metro Health Director Colleen Bridger said the proposed revisions would mirror current state laws, but would change the age restrictions to 21.
“I’m only 16 years old and have never smoked, but I’ve seen it hurt people I love.”
Last week, the American tobacco industry began publicly admitting some ugly truths about its dark history and the health effects of smoking.
Smoking will be banned in all of the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units, according to a Wednesday announcement by HUD Secretary Julián Castro.