Protect Texas’ Youths – Raise the Smoking Age to 21 - 03/06/2019
The younger kids are when they start using tobacco, the more likely they’ll become addicted. Exposure to tobacco and nicotine at a young age affects brain development and increases risk for nicotine dependence. With nicotine addiction and continued use into adulthood come even greater risks of lung cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other cancers, as well as early death. If current trends continue, nearly half a million (498,000) Texas kids alive now will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.