The Texas legislature passed the Texas Tobacco Law in 1997 to limit minors’ access to tobacco and thereby prevent young people from a lifetime of tobacco addiction and possible disease and premature death.

The law holds retailers accountable for tobacco sales to minors and provides strict consequences for youth who are cited for using, purchasing or even possessing tobacco products. If they’re under 18, it’s illegal for them to have cigarettes, dip or other forms of tobacco and for anyone to provide it for them.

The Texas Tobacco Law needs a little help from you. It's up to all of us to keep tobacco out of the hands of minors.

To report a violation of the Texas Tobacco Law, call 1-800-345-8647.

See a summary of the Texas Tobacco Law.

Read some of the facts about the toll of tobacco on Texas.