About the Campaign
Texas 21 is a coalition of organizations whose mission is to save lives by preventing tobacco use.
About 95% of smokers start before age 21. In Texas, 13,700 kids become daily smokers every year. And one-third of them will die prematurely as a result.
Raising the tobacco sale age to 21 is an effective strategy to fight tobacco use and it’s gaining momentum nationwide. California and Hawaii have raised their tobacco sale ages to 21, along with at least 220 cities and counties across the country. Now there’s an effort underway to do the same in Texas. Let’s get it done.
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Percentage of high school students in Texas who smoke cigarettes
Texas kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year
Texas kids (alive now) who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking
NEWS: COMMENTARY: Teen explains why Texas teens should not smoke
May 3, 2017
NEWS: Raising the tobacco age: A youth’s perspective
May 2, 2017
NEWS: He’s exhibit No. 1 on raising the smoking age to 21
May 2, 2017
NEWS: Commentary: Bill raising tobacco age to 21 deserves bipartisan support
May 1, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Texas 21 Coalition Applauds Committee Passage of Tobacco Age Bill
April 27, 2017
NEWS: Carlos Vela, guest columnist: Time for Texas to raise tobacco age to 21
April 24, 2017
NEWS: GUEST VIEW: Raising the tobacco age: A youth perspective
April 23, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Broad Health Coalition Backs Texas Lawmakers Proposing to Raise Minimum Tobacco Sale Age to 21
March 21, 2017
EDITORIAL: Curb youth tobacco use to lower future healthcare costs
February 24, 2017
NEWS: Two Houston area lawmakers push to raise smoking age to 21
February 15, 2017