A law raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the state of Illinois went info effect as the clock struck midnight and July 1 arrived.
The new minimum age was signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in early April after it passed the legislature in March. A similar proposal had failed just a year earlier after being vetoed by former governor Bruce Rauner.
Illinois is one of two states where the tobacco purchasing age is increasing today, joining Virginia, which passed its legislation in February The pair joins a growing group of roughly a dozen states to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.
Arkansas has scheduled its increase for Sept. 1.