Senator Kel Seliger joined a successful effort in the Texas Senate this week to advance a bill aimed at raising the minimum smoking age in Texas.
This week, Seliger joined a 20-11 vote to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years. Seliger, an Amarillo Republican and former Amarillo mayor, backed the bill led by Senator Joan Huffman, a Houston Republican, which would also include products like e-cigarettes. The bill was amended to exclude active-duty military personnel prior to the passage.
A House committee recently advanced a similar bill, but that bill does not include an exemption for military personnel. The Senate’s bill will now head to the Texas House for consideration.