Last year the Illinois General Assembly approved a measure that would have rasied the minimum age to purchase tobacco in the state from 18 to 21 only to see it vetoed by then-Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Now, the Illinois House has passed H.B. 0345 by a vote of 82-31. The bill will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. A similar measure in the Senate already has 13 co-sponsors, it would need 30 votes to pass. Last session the Senate voted to override Rauner’s veto, but the House did not meaning his veto stood.
Most notably though, Illinois has a new governor, J.B. Pritzker.