Illinois Governor to Sign Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase Today

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The number of states who have joined the Tobacco 21 movement will hit the double digits on Sunday, as Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is scheduled to sign a bill raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.

The bill passed the legislature in March, and represents a victory for those looking to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, as a similar measure was passed last year, only to be vetoed by former governor, Bruce Rauner. While the Senate was able to override the veto, the House was not.

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The increase will go into effect on July 1.

Illinois joins Hawaii, California, Oregon, New Jersey, Maine, MassachusettsVirginia, Utah and Washington in passing statewide increases to the minimum age to purchase tobacco products.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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