Illinois Senate passes ‘Tobacco 21’ bill

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SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — A new bill to raise the smoking age to 21 in Illinois passes the Senate.

The brand new bill amends the Prevention of Tobacco Use by Minors and Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products Act. It changes the name of the act to the Prevention of Tobacco Use by Persons under 21 Years of Age and Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products Act.

The bill raises the legal age to buy tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and alternative nicotine products from 18 to 21 in Illinois.

The bill passed the House on Tuesday and will now go to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk for him to either sign or veto.

Andrew Carrigan

Andrew Carrigan

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