IL senate committee approves measures to raise tobacco purchasing age

Illinois’ Senate Public Health Committee voted to support a plan to raise the purchasing age of tobacco in the state to 21. Currently anyone over 18 can purchase tobacco products including e-cigarette vaping products. The committee voted 6 to 2 to move forward with the plan that would not penalize possession of tobacco products to anyone under 21 but would prohibit them from purchasing within the state. Critics say the plan would hurt small businesses and convenience stores and that not penalizing those under 21 would send the wrong message. Those for the proposal say they hope it will prevent teens from developing unhealthy habits.

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