In mid-January, the San Antonio City Council approved an ordinance raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18- to 21-years-old, making it the first city in Texas to pass an increase. Today, that increase goes into effect.
The increase also applies to alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes. However, it does not make the possession or use of tobacco products by persons 18 to 20-years-old a crime.
Retailers will 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. Its metropolitan area has an estimated 2.5 million residents, the 24th largest in the country.
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