Illinois Raises Minimum Age for Smoking/Vaping Products to 21

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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).

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

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

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

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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 (wqad.com). 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” (wqad.com).

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 (chicagotribune.com).

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 (cnn.com).

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