Texoma lawmaker files bill to match Oklahoma with federal minimum age to buy tobacco products

Authorities said a total of 60 cartons of cigarettes, valued at a total of $3,000 were taken. / (MGN)

ADA, Okla. (KXII) - A Texoma lawmaker has filed legislation that would bring Oklahoma's tobacco laws in line with the new federal law raising the minimum age to buy tobacco.

State Senator Greg McCortney of Ada has filed legislation that would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

McCortney says raising the age for tobacco to 21 could have a huge impact on the health of Oklahomans.

Currently, state law sets a minimum age of 18 for tobacco sales.

The minimum age to buy tobacco in Texas raised to 21 on Sept. 1.