Illinois Raises Minimum Age for Smoking/Vaping Products to 21


Table with vape-box and several e-juice bottles (Photo by Antonin FELS on Unsplash).

Lindsey Miller, Editor in Chief

As of Sunday, April 7th, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill to raise the legal smoking age in the state from 18 to 21 ( Former Governor Bruce Rauner was sent and vetoed a similar bill in August of 2018, arguing that “raising the minimum age would push people to purchase tobacco products from unlicensed vendors or from neighboring states” (

The Illinois Senate voted 39-16 to approve the bill in March of this year, and the Illinois House of Representatives approved the bill 82-31 (

The legislation will take effect on July 1st of this year, and joins Illinois with the six other states to raise the age to 21; in addition, at least three other states have legislation planned to raise the age to 21 as well (