Illinois Tobacco Sales Age Increasing
The legal age to purchase tobacco products is going up in Illinois. Governor JB Pritzker has signed a bill that outlaws sales of tobacco to anyone younger than 21. The legal age to buy tobacco had previously been 18. The law will take effect on July 1st. When it does, Illinois will become the seventh state to boost the tobacco buying age to 21, joining California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Oregon. In addition to cigarettes and chewing tobacco, the law will also apply to e-cigarettes and vaping materials, which have been growing in popularity among teenagers. The bill also does away with penalties for underage possession of tobacco. But businesses will still face fines and other sanctions for selling to underage customers.