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. Virtually all of them started using tobacco before age 21. In Texas, 10,400 kids become daily smokers every year. And one-third of them will die prematurely as a result. We also face the alarming new challenge of the youth e-cigarette epidemic. E-cigarette use by high school students increased by 78 percent in 2018 alone.

Raising the tobacco sale age to 21 is an effective strategy to fight tobacco use and it’s gaining momentum nationwide. To date, 15 states (Arkansas, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington) have voted to raise their tobacco sale ages to 21, along with at least 450 cities and counties across the country. Now there’s an effort under way 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

Latest News

PRESS RELEASE: Texas Becomes 16th State to Raise Tobacco Sale Age to 21
June 7, 2019

EDITORIAL: Smoking age of 21 a sign of enlightened age, caring for Texas young
April 23, 2019

EDITORIAL: Save my friends and me: Stop selling tobacco to Texans under 21
April 18, 2019

EDITORIAL: Our view: Moving to increase legal age for tobacco use wise
April 14, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Tobacco 21 Legislation Gains Senate Approval
April 9, 2019

EDITORIAL: “Military Ready” starts with keeping tobacco away from those under age 21
April 1, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Texas 21 Coalition Applauds Senate Committee Passage of Tobacco 21
April 1, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: House Public Health Committee Passes Bill to Stop Tobacco Sales to Texans Under Age 21
March 25, 2019

EDITORIAL: Texas can fight the teen e-cigarette epidemic and raise the legal age for tobacco products to 21
March 24, 2019

NEWS: Raising the legal age for tobacco sales in Texas is a popular, sensible idea amid rise of ‘vaping’
March 23, 2019

NEWS: Texas Lawmakers Urged To Raise Smoking Age To 21 To ‘Save The Lives Of Children’
March 18, 2019

NEWS: Senate bill would raise the tobacco sale age from 18 to 21
March 18, 2019

EDITORIAL: Raising smoking age to 21 protects teens, taxpayers
March 13, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Time to Keep Tobacco Out of the Hands of Texas Teens
March 5, 2019

NEWS: A ‘Military City’ Model for Tobacco 21: Advocates hope a San Antonio measure raising the legal age for tobacco sales will kick-start similar efforts in the Lone Star State
February 28, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Progress Erased: Youth Tobacco Use Increased During 2017-2018
February 11, 2019

OP-ED: Tobacco use among teens is preventable. Let’s do something about it.
February 5, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Texas 21 Coalition Statement on American Lung Association “State of Tobacco Control” Report
January 30, 2019

NEWS: Cambia edad para comprar tabaco en San Antonio
October 1, 2018

NEWS: San Antonio’s ‘Tobacco 21’ ordinance goes into effect amid e-cigarette crackdown
October 29, 2018

NEWS: COMMENTARY: Ban tobacco sales until age 21. It’s a bipartisan way to reduce addiction and death
September 11, 2018

NEWS: New San Antonio tobacco purchasing rules go into effect next month
September 2, 2018

NEWS: Local Governments Aren’t Waiting for States to Raise Smoking Age
August 29, 2018

NEWS: San Antonio bans tobacco sales to young adults under 21
January 11, 2018

NEWS: COMMENTARY: Tobacco 21 Will Help San Antonians Breathe Easier
January 10, 2018

NEWS: COMMENTARY: Tobacco 21: Taking a Major Step in Protecting SA’s Young Citizens
January 3, 2018

NEWS: COMMENTARY: Tobacco 21: Fostering Healthier Generations
December 15, 2017

NEWS: COMMENTARY: Tobacco 21: Giving Youth More Time to Make Better Choices
December 10, 2017

NEWSSmoking Rates Drop in Young Adults Following Tobacco 21 Law, City Says
November 23, 2017

NEWS: More People Are Organizing to Raise the Minimum Tobacco Age to 21
September 7, 2017

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

PRESS RELEASE: Health Groups Laud Texas Lawmakers for Introducing Legislation to Raise Tobacco Sale Age to 21 – Proposal Will Protect Kids, Save Lives
February 15, 2017

NEWS: Two Houston area lawmakers push to raise smoking age to 21
February 15, 2017




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