Governor JB Pritzker signed the “Tobacco 21” bill to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 statewide on Sunday.
Gov. JB Pritzker signed the statewide “Tobacco 21” bill into law Sunday, making Illinois the first state in the Midwest, and the eighth state in the country to implement the legislation to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 .
HB 345 covers tobacco and vaping products, and will go into effect July 1, 2019, according to a release from the governor’s office.
In 2014, Evanston was the first municipality in Illinois to raise the legal age to 21. The City of Chicago raised the age to purchase tobacco products to 21 in 2016, becoming one of the first municipalities to tax e-cigarettes, ban tobacco discounts and require that clerks who ring up tobacco sales be at least 21-years-old. The Arlington Heights village board voted to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 on Monday January 7, 2019.
“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,” Pritzker said. Pritzker urged neighboring states to follow suit.
“Often, we only think of the 18, 19 and 20-year olds being affected by this law, but actually the target age group is the 14-17-year olds. One of the points of this legislation is to remove the 18-year-old supplier from the high schools,” said Rep. Camille Lilly who serves the 78th District (Franklin Park, River Grove, Elmwood Park, Oak Park).
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Illinois became the first state in the Midwest to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 as Gov. JB Pritzker signed the statewide "Tobacco 21" bill into law Sunday. https://t.co/lz9f2tYf2J
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) April 7, 2019
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) April 7, 2019
Today, the State of Illinois confronted the public health challenge of tobacco and e-cigarette addiction by raising the purchasing age to 21. Our children must never be counted as part of tobacco companies’ bottom lines. They are our future, not their addicted consumers. #T21 pic.twitter.com/ZtRiOIQjlA
— Mayor Rahm Emanuel (@ChicagosMayor) April 7, 2019
I am honored to be one of the house Chief Sponsors of Tobacco 2️⃣1️⃣ because today HB345 was signed into law by @Governor Pritzker! Special thanks to those who helped us make it to the end zone? #tobacco21 #t21 pic.twitter.com/4MA0AfQlNx
— Camille Y. Lilly (@replilly78) April 7, 2019