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Download: Tobacco 21 Ordinance (PDF)
The San Antonio City Council passed the Tobacco 21 (T21) ordinance on January 11, 2018 to increase the age for sale of tobacco products from 18 years of age to 21 years of age. This includes tobacco products whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to a cigarette, e-cigarettes, a cigar, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, snus, or an electronic smoking device or liquids used in electronic smoking devices. This public health measure will delay the age of first tobacco use, reduce the risk of youth becoming regular smokers, and help keep tobacco out of schools.
San Antonio now joins over 290 cities in 19 states and the entire states of Hawaii, California, Oregon, New Jersey and Maine who have taken this important step in protecting the health of our youth.
The T21 ordinance takes effect on October 1, 2018. Before the effective date, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) will convene a T21 Implementation Stakeholder Workgroup that will provide guidance on how best to educate tobacco retailers on the new ordinance. If you are interested in participating in the workgroup, please email SAMHD@sanantonio.gov or call (210) 207-8730.
City Council Presentation 1-11-2018
Tobacco 21 Education and Implementation Overview
For additional tobacco cessation resources click HERE.