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San Antonio may raise the age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21, pending the results of an ongoing survey by Metro Health. 

The Food and Drug Administration extended new rules over e-cigarettes last week. The new rules will ban the sales of the product to minors. They are in line with public health experts recommendations aimed at preventing youth from accessing nicotine products with the hope of preventing another generation from becoming hooked on traditional cigarettes. 

The vaping industry has criticized the new rules for being onerous, saying its prior-review process will cause a prohibition. They also argue that the best way to get people off tobacco products was through e-cigarettes.

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AUSTIN — E-cigarettes would be off-limits for Texas minors to purchase under a proposal that the Legislature has approved and sent to Gov. Greg Abbott.

The Senate had previously passed the prohibition and voted 28-2 on Monday to endorse changes the House made when approving it. Abbott’s signature would make it law.

The proposal bans selling e-cigarettes to minors, as well as possession of the devices by Texans under 18.

E-cigarettes are battery-operated smoking devices that vaporize chemicals for inhalation.

The bill also directs state health officials to study c-cigarette use statewide.