The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will host two more public stakeholder meetings to collect input on how to implement the “Tobacco 21” ordinance.
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.
City Council voted 8-2 Thursday to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products in San Antonio from 18 to 21, becoming the first city in Texas to impose such a restriction.
City Council is set to vote on a proposal to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21, with convenience retailers opposing the proposed ordinance.
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.”
Impact on small business owners and government overreach were among the concerns voiced Thursday night at a town hall meeting about raising the legal age to buy tobacco products in San Antonio.