Illinois — The Illinois Senate voted 35-20 Wednesday to ban under-21 sales of tobacco or tobacco related products in Illinois. The ban includes any nicotine-based products such as e-cigarettes or vaping materials.
Sen. Julie Morrison is the sponsor of the plan. The Deerfield Democrat says the risk of smoking addiction is more likely the younger a smoker is.
Sen. Kyle McCarter opposed the plan. The Republican from Lebanon in southern Illinois says that if 18-year-olds can join the military, they have the right to smoke a cigarette.
Five states and 14 Illinois cities and counties, including Chicago, have already adopted local ordinances setting the age at 21.
The bill goes to the House.
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