31 Days of Wellness: Texas to Raise the Legal Smoking Age to 21-Dr. Joe Galati Discusses

For todays entry, I was interested to comment on some new suggestions that the legal age for smoking is being raised to 21 years old. What do you think?

Smoking is once again in the news.

Texas is poised to become the 3rd state to raise the legal smoking age to 21.

Senator Carlos Uresti has previously pitched the age increase three times in the past, but this year there may be bipartisan support to make it a reality. The increase to 21 years of age would include cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco.

According to government statistics, 5.6 million of todays youth will die prematurely from a smoking related illness…such as lung disease, cancer, or heart disease.

Studies show smokers cost U.S taxpayers as much as $170 billion in health care expenditures each year.

While personal responsibility and control of our own destiny is part of the American way, there is no doubt that as a society, we need to do all we can to improve upon the health and wellness of our citizens, even if legislative changes like this may be viewed as encroaching on our personal freedom.

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