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San Antonio Council Votes In Favor Of Ban On Sales For Under 21’s

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From October 1st this year, you’ll have to be 21 to vape in San Antonio.

San Antonio businesses are readying themselves for a new ban which will prohibit the sales of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21.

San Antonio’s city council approved the ban in a 9-2 vote on Thursday the 11th of January with Council members Greg Brockhouse and Clayton Perry voting against the measure, expressing reluctance about whether the city should regulate such activities and concerns the new rules might financially harm smaller businesses.

The ban was originally slated to take effect on the first of August this year, but a last minute decision from San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Director Colleen Bridger changed this to the first of October.

The ban covers almost all tobacco products and of course, also includes vaping. Critics have said the new ban is ridiculous because it only targets retailers selling the products and doesn’t do anything to punish the users. Political observers say now that it passed, this could be the beginning of a ‘Tobacco 21’ movement all across Texas.

San Antonio has become the first city in the state of Texas to enact such a law, although five states and more than 280 cities in other states have already approved similar measures.

Currently located in Sydney, Australia, I have been vaping since 2009 and became active in the e-cigarette industry in late 2015. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of visiting over 700 shops in 6 countries.

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