Illinois governor signs law raising the age to buy tobacco to 21

ILLINOIS (WREX) – Illinois is now the first state in the Midwest to raise the buying age  of nicotine products to 21.

Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the legislation into law on Sunday, April 7.

In a press release, the governor said in part…

“Today is a milestone day for the health of our communities and especially our young people…For Illinois, it will reduce costs for our state, it will make our schools and communities healthier places to learn and live, and – most importantly – it will save lives. I am so proud to sign this legislation today.”

The new ‘Tobacco 21’ law raises the buying age for both tobacco and vaping products, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapes.

The new law takes effect July 1.

The American Lung Association praised the passing of the legislation. Chief Mission Officer Deborah Brown released a statement, saying in part…

“With the youth e-cigarette epidemic, and the rise of easily concealable and fruit and candy flavored tobacco products, Tobacco 21 is important now more than ever. This law protects children, reduces smoking rates, saves on healthcare costs and saves lives. The Lung Association will continue our work in fighting for this law across the nation.”

According to the American Lung Association, Illinois is the eleventh state in the U.S. to adopt the law, joining Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

Taylor Utzig

Taylor Utzig


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