Pritzker Approves Tobacco Age Increase to 21

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has officially signed a bill, banning the sale of tobacco products to minors under 21-years-old.  Pritzker singed the legislation on Sunday, raising the legal age of purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old.  With Pritzker’s action, starting on July 1st of this year, Illinois will join California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii, Maine, and Washington DC, banning sales of tobacco products to 21.  That will include cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and nicotine-based products, such as e-cigarettes and vaping materials.  The legislation also does away with penalties for underage possession, with businesses still facing fines and other sanctions for selling to underage customers.  Supporters say that the law will discourage teenagers from a possible deadly, lifelong habit.