ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Illinois will become the first Midwest State to raise the buying age of Tobacco products to 21 after Gov. JB Pritzker signed a landmark bill on Sunday, April 7.
“Today is a milestone day for the health of our communities and especially our young people,” said Pritzker. “We are here today to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21 in Illinois. This is action that’s supported by the surgeon general, the American Cancer Society, our own Illinois Department of Public Health, our local health departments, by all available research, every standing here and by common sense. 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.”
Illinois House Bill 345 covers both tobacco and vaping products including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapes. The bill was proposed four years ago and will take effect July 1, 2019.
State senators and representatives voiced their support of the bill and its impact.
Illinois will join Virginia as the eighth and ninth state to adopt the measure.