MARSHALL Ill. (WTHI)-Lawmakers in Illinois are stepping in to battle youth smoking.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Sunday afternoon that would raise the state's minimum smoking age from 18 to 21-years-old.
That means anyone under the age of 21 can no longer purchase any tobacco products.
That includes cigarettes, vapes and e-cigarettes.
This law will make Illinois the seventh state to ban the sale of tobacco to minors.
It’s also the first state in the Midwest to put the law into place.
Those in favor of the bill said it will help lower the smoking rate.
Others think it won’t have much of an impact.
“Everyone has a right to do what they choose, and when you’re 18 you’re able to serve your country, so you should be able to smoke if you choose,” said Mary Ellen Smith.
“I don’t think it’s going to stop any teenager honestly they’re going too.. their friends are going to have it or they’re going to get it through their parents or friends,” said Mona Duzan.
Governor Prrizker said he hopes Illinois starts a trend in the Midwest.
“If there are young people who will travel over state lines to buy tobacco products because they can legally buy them there... then I urge the surrounding states to pass tobacco 21 too,” said Pritzker.
The law goes into effect July 1st.
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