SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTHI) - Lawmakers in Illinois are fighting against youth smoking.
Governor J.B. Pritzker will be signing the Tobacco 21 Bill into law later Sunday.
This makes Illinois the first state in the Midwest to raise the minimum statewide tobacco sales age from 18 to 21.
This means those under the age of 21 cannot purchase cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products.
There are currently nine other states that have already passed similar laws to raise the smoking age to 21.
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