(Chicago, IL) — The effort to raise the state tobacco age to 21 is halfway toward success after passing in the Illinois Senate. The bill that passed yesterday by a vote of 35 to 20 would raise the age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. Supporters like Senator John Mulroe of Chicago say it would reduce the number of smokers because studies show that if a person doesn’t smoke until they’re 21, they’re much less likely to start. The bill would also apply to all nicotine-based products including e-cigarattes and vaping materials. It now heads to the House.
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