SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – The House has voted to bar tobacco sales to those under age 21 a day after the legislation fell four votes short.
Chicago Democratic Rep. Camille Lilly’s plan would prohibit sales of tobacco products to minors. The ban would include e-cigarettes and vaping materials.
It was approved 61-49 and goes to the governor for action.
Lilly says it would reduce teen addiction and saves the state millions of dollars in long-term health care costs.
Republican Rep. Keith Wheeler of Oswego says teens will just cross state lines to buy cigarettes and cost Illinois tax revenue.
Five states and 14 Illinois cities and counties, including Chicago, have already adopted local ordinances setting the age at 21.
The bill is SB2332