Austin, TX - Carlos Uresti, the State Senator of San Antonio filed a bill that will increase the legal smoking age to 21. We're looking at Senate Bill 183 that would put the smoking age up from 18 years old.
State Senator of San Antonio, Carlos Uresti has filed Senate Bill 183 at the Capital of Texas. The new bill will increase the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 years old.
Uresti stated that tobacco kills more people than AIDS, motor vehicle crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. He also touched on how other cities and states are discouraging young people from lighting up.
In a statement, Uresti said: "An increased smoking age takes advantage of a simple fact. The later one tries that first cigarette, the less likely they are to become a lifetime user. Studies are finding that between ages 18 and 21 kids are moving from experimental smoking to become regular everyday smokers. We know that 95 percent of adult smokers begin before age 21."
Uresti also filed Senate Bill 228 that would allow cities to determine a smoking age that is best for their community.
There are some states that raised the smoking age to 19 and California is the only state that raised the smoking age to 21.