Eleven years after the state banned smoking in all public places, a bill to outlaw the sale of tobacco to those younger than 21 is set to pass the Illinois Senate Thursday and make its way to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk.
While smoking rates had been on a downward trend for years, youth tobacco use is on the rise. [Flickr/Julie]
Pritzker has said he will sign the bill.
It’s the fourth try for a bill that has sputtered after getting halfway through the General Assembly, and last year died when former Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill and lawmakers couldn’t find enough votes in the House to override.