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Tobacco 21

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As of Monday, people under 21 years old can no longer buy tobacco products in San Antonio. That includes cigarettes, cigars, hookah, chewing tobacco, and electronic smoking products. San Antonio is the first city in Texas to implement it.


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Earlier this year, City Council approved the ordinance which raises the age of buying tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.

The "Tobacco 21" initiative is set to take effect on October 1, making San Antonio the first city in Texas to enact such an ordinance.

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The City of San Antonio passed a new ordinance that prohibits the sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21 earlier this year.


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People between the ages of 18 and 20 will not be able to buy tobacco in San Antonio, starting Oct. 1 after a 9 to 2 vote by City Council Thursday. District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse and District 10 Clayton Perry were the two dissenting votes.

 

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The San Antonio City Council will vote Thursday on whether or not to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.