New Ordinance Could Make Legal Age for Tobacco 21 in San Antonio
The legal age to purchase tobacco products is 18. But many cities and counties across the country have adopted ordinances that have upped the age to 21.
San Antonio could be the first city in Texas to have such an ordinance according to sacurrent.com.
Currently, a survey is going around town to gauge the city's interest in making the minimum age to buy tobacco products 21.
San Antonio councilman John Courage is one of those in favor of the ordinance.
In my opinion, this is a public health issue and an addiction issue; so I would be in favor of increasing the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. I have yet to see the specific ordinance, but I would remain in support, so long as the responsibility is placed on the distributors of the tobacco products. I would not want to criminalize possession for young folks who happen to be between the age of 18 and 20.
San Antonio Metro Health says that 12.6% of high school males and 9.9% of high school females in Bexar County do smoke.
Most cities or counties in East Texas have adopted no smoking policies in public places. But would you want to see the legal age to buy tobacco products raised to 21 in East Texas? Let us know.