The Tobacco 21 movement has officially come to the Lone Star State, as San Antonio has become the first city in Texas to pass an increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes.
The vote came at Thursday’s city council meeting, with the ordinance approved by a 9-2 vote. The change will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2018.
It does not make possession of tobacco products by persons 18 and 20-years-old a crime, instead simply raising the age to purchase tobacco. Retailers that sell to a person under 21 will face a misdemeanor and fine of up to $500.
San Antonio has a population of nearly 1.5 million residents, making it the second most populous city in the state and the seventh most in the country.