Tobacco purchasing age increased to 21 in San Antonio


In a 9-2 vote, the San Antonio City Council approved a measure to raise the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 within the city limits.

Councilmen Greg Brockhouse and Clayton Perry voted against the measure.

Brockhouse pushed to table the proposal until local store owners could be consulted on the measure. A group of store owners opposed the idea, citing it would create an unfair advantage for stores located just outside the city limits, which could still sell tobacco to people under the age of 21.

Perry wanted to table the measure and instead encourage efforts to raise the tobacco purchasing age across the state of Texas.

The Tobacco 21 ordinance will go into effect on October 1, 2018.

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