Illinois House passes Tobacco 21 bill

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The Illinois House of Representatives voted 82-31 to advance House Bill 345, the Tobacco 21 Bill, Tuesday.

    The bill would raise the legal sales age of tobacco products to 21 in Illinois.

    Last year, Illinois legislators passed a Tobacco 21 bill; however, it was vetoed by former Governor Bruce Rauner.

    On Feb. 19 the Illinois House of Representatives Health Care Availability and Accessibility Committee passed Tobacco 21.

    Currently, seven states and more than 34 municipalities in Illinois have already passed Tobacco 21 laws, according to the American Lung Association.

    The bill will now go to the Illinois State Senate for a vote.

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