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, 10,400 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. Six states (California, Hawaii, Oregon, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maine) have raised their tobacco sale ages to 21, along with at least 340 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

Latest News

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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