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New Texas law will raise legal smoking age goes into effect September 1st

The law goes into effect 9/1/19
Aug 30, 2019 – 2:29 PM EDT

This Sunday, September 1st, it will be illegal for those under the age of 21 to purchase tobacco products. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9 out of 10 smokers tried it out for the first time at the age of 18 therefore 21-year-old's are less likely to pick up the habit in the first place.

Shelby Massey, the American Heart Association's government relations director for Texas said "It's very rate for a 30-year-old to take up smoking."

Texas will join 18 states to pass a statewide law and will be the 11th state to actually implement it joining Arkansas and Vermont on September 1st.