(Chicago, IL) — A state Senate committee is moving forward with a bill that would raise the age for buying tobacco in Illinois. The Tobacco 21 bill requires tobacco buyers to be 21 years old instead of the current 18. Supporters say the bill would reduce the number of people who pick up the habit, but Senator Sam McCann of downstate Jacksonville says it might be going too far. He says it’s a terrible habit, but says it’s not government’s job to regulate every portion of a person’s life. Critics also point out that the bill raises the age for legally buying tobacco, but doesn’t ban possession of tobacco for those under 21. The bill now moves to the full Senate.
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