Local teens support new legal smoking age

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Starting September 1 the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products will be prohibited to anyone under the age of 21, except for those in the military.

Members from Bryan High School's Vikings Kicking Out Tobacco are thankful their work paid off after visiting the State Capitol during the legislative session to help push the bill into law.

"You can see kids at school, out in the parks, driving, just juuling, all the time. It's crazy because it's such a small package but it has a tremendous impact. Most parents don't know that their kids aren't carrying a USB and that they're actually carrying a deadly weapon for their future," said Rosa Medrano, a VKOT member.

According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, about 95% of adult smokers began smoking before they turned 21.

"A single juul pod is equivalent to about 27 cigarettes and so them at that age smoking that much, you can create huge health factors," said Morgan Salazar from Aggieland Vapors.

Salazar says kids are using the e-cigarettes because it's on trend, but the students from VKOT hope the new law can bring that to an end.

"Seeing that the people in our generation aren't going to be exposed to those harmful effects of cancer-causing chemicals in cigarettes, it makes me happy because they might have a healthier life," said Zaria Yarbrough with VKOT.