Illinois Senate Passes Tobacco 21 Bill

Published 1 week ago

on March 14, 2019

ByAngela Garrity

The Chicago Tribune reports that the bill to raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years of age has passed the Senate in a 39-16 vote. The proposal now heads to Governor Pritzker for his decision on whether or not to pen the bill into law.

The bill passing bi-partisan legislators in both the House and Senate is a victory for public health advocates, who have been pushing the measure for a few years in Springfield. They’ve been citing sources that reflect adults are less likely to begin smoking if they haven’t started by age 21. Last year, Illinois lawmakers passed a bill, but Raunder vetoed it, as a matter of business concerns.

The bill would not only increase the legal purchasing age to 21 but would also abolish penalties for underage possession. However, retailers would still be fined for selling age restricted products to underage customers.

Opponents have objected to removing penalties for minors and have argued that 18-year-olds should be able to decide whether to smoke if they can vote and join the military.

Governor Pritzker’s spending plan for the budget year includes $65 million in new revenue from proposals to increase the $1.98-per-pack cigarette tax by 32 cents and apply the state’s wholesale tobacco tax to e-cigarettes. This budget year begins July 1 and the governor’s office includes $65 million in new revenue from proposals to increase the $1.98-per-pack cigarette tax by 32 cents and apply the state’s wholesale tobacco tax to e-cigarettes. 

The bill would raise the legal age for purchasing cigarettes, other tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 statewide in Illinois. Dozens of jurisdictions in Illinois, including Chicago and Cook County, already have raised the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. 

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Angela Garrity is a Contributing Writer and Social Media Manager for both Vape News Magazine and CBD Magazine. Contact her at Angela@vapemz.com.

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