Texas legislators are looking once again for the state to increase Smoking age to 21.
State REP John Zerwas, R-Richmond, told the Dallas Morning News on Monday that he believes the bill is able to secure through the legislature, especially with more Republicans in the proposal.
State sen Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, tried to convince lawmakers to raise the minimum age for purchase of tobacco products in the last 10 years. Uresti believes that this year is the best chance he had ever to push the bill through.
“We have as good a chance as we’ve ever had,” Uresti the Morning News said. “I’m just glad. I welcome the support we can get.”
The Texans, the products with tobacco is reduced in the course of the last ten years, with more than 15 percent of the population, that you smoke or chew tobacco.
A 2015 report from the National Academy of medicine, says that number could drop by up to 12 per cent will increase the minimum age for the purchase of products.
The state could potentially save money, to care for since they, as many people with tobacco-related diseases, according to the Department of State Health Services.
Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, and Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, are also expected to file a bill.
The lawmakers are also expected to be some push-back in the legislature. An analysis of the Uresti past bills shows that Texas could lose up to $100 million in taxes, if the age is increased.
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