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Tobacco 21 moves out of Senate Public Health Committee

SPRINGFIELD, IL (HOI) — Illinois lawmakers are re-introducing proposals to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21, including vaping products.

Similar bills passed through both chambers of the General Assembly last year. But former Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed those plans.

Current Governor J.B. Pritzker says he will sign the legislation when it hits his desk.

Health advocates hope it finally becomes law this year to block teenagers from buying vaping products.

“One container of vaping oil contains as much nicotine as 200 cigarettes,” said American Cancer Society Advocate Ken Webster. “I think this is really an area that we have to address there.”

The Senate proposal passed out of the Public Health Committee on a 8-4 vote. It now heads to the Senate floor for a first reading.

Mike Miletich

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