The Tobacco 21 movement could soon have a seemingly unlikely state on board: Texas.
On Tuesday, the Texas House of Representatives approved the second reading of its version of S.B. 21 by a 102-36 vote, with one member simply voting present. The bill seeks to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping products to 21-years-old, though it came with a handful of amendments to the version passed by the Senate in April. It must still get a third reading and vote, which is scheduled for Wednesday, before it can head back to the Senate where that chamber will consider and possibly agree to those amendments. If that happens, the bill would be sent to Gov. Greg Abbott, who has indicated that he supports the increase.