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    Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch
    DSHS Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    1100 West 49th Street, Mail Code 1965
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7111
    Fax: (512) 776-7555

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Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

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The Texas Tobacco law, changing the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, will take effect September 1, 2019. If you were born after August 21, 2001, you cannot purchase or possess tobacco products. The complete Senate Bill (SB21) can be found by visiting SB21. For more information, please contact the Texas Comptroller’s office

**Please visit the E-cigarette webpage to learn about e-cigarettes and the dangers of vaping.

The DSHS Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch (TPCB) is determined to reduce the toll of tobacco on the health, safety, and well-being of Texans. Our goals are: 

  • To keep young Texans from ever starting tobacco use.
  • Supporting enforcement of tobacco laws.
  • Helping more Texans to quit smoking and stay smoke-free.
  • Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Reducing tobacco use among high-risk populations.
  • Developing and maintaining statewide capacity to support all of the above.
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Last updated August 16, 2019