Illinois is one signature away from becoming the seventh state to require those purchasing tobacco to be at least 21.
Today, the Illinois Senate voted 39-16 in favor of H.B. 0345, which passed the Illinois House earlier this week. The bill, which would increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21, now moves to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker. a Democrat who has not explicitly said whether he supports the effort.
This is the second time in as many years that the Illinois General Assembly has passed a measure. Last year, both chambers passed a similar bill only to have it vetoed by then-Gov. Bruce Rauner. the Senate voted to override Rauner’s veto, but the House did not.