The Texas House voted to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21, aiming to protect young adults susceptible to addiction to tobacco.
The penalty for smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco in San Antonio’s parks and plazas will be a $200 ticket starting on June 1.
Metro Health will begin sending decoy shoppers between ages 18 and 21 into shops selling tobacco products to see if retailers are complying with the law.
San Antonio residents on Thursday will have an opportunity to voice their support for a smoke-free policy proposal for local parks.
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On Oct. 1, San Antonio will become the first Texas city to restrict the sale of tobacco products to those 21 and older.
The FDA announced on Wednesday it is cracking down on the sales and marketing of electronic cigarettes to teenagers through a “series of critical and historic” measures to address the alarming statistics.
A project that analyzes health policies in the nation’s 40 largest cities recognized San Antonio for implementing policy to address community health.
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.