While tobacco use is decreasing, Texas still continues to have higher rates of death attributable to smoking. TMA supports legislative and local efforts to make Texas smoke free and to fund important state tobacco cessation.
A bill to raise the state’s age to purchase tobacco to 21 burned out during last year’s legislative session. But now that the city of San Antonio has done it on a local level, advocates of “T-21” are hoping to light a fire under other Texas cities ― and state lawmakers ― to do the same.
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The Texas Supreme Court has accepted an appeal of a lower court ruling that invalidated a tax the legislature applied to so-called "small tobacco.”
A look at the state of tobacco use in Texas as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon’s Generals 1964 report linking smoking to cancer.
This year, Texas will experience more than 110,000 new cases of cancer and nearly 40,000 cancer-related deaths. Receiving regular medical care, avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol use, maintaining a healthy weight, and being physically active can reduce a person’s cancer risk.
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