Illinois House Approves Raises Minimum Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21


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.

Six states have already approved measures to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21, as has Cook County, which includes Chicago.


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