Texas’ Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has named Senate Bill 21 as one of his priorities this session and that he believes this bill will save lives and improve public health. A coalition of organizations with a goal of raising the tobacco purchasing legal age to 21 known as Texas 21 opposes the military exemption. Claudio Rodas, a regional director of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, noted that the organization does not support the military exemption and that they will work with legislators to understand why the exemption should be opposed by all.
The bill is now assigned to the House Committee on Public Health. You can express your opposition to the bill by using the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association’s (IPCPR) website by clicking here.