New law 21


photo by Chi Hack Night

The smoking law has been changed. The Governor J.B. Pritzker helped this law happen.

by Candi Duncan, Reporter

There is a new law in Illinois that you have to be 21 to purchase any tobacco product. The law takes effect on July 1 of this year.

“Illinois is finally poised to raise the age to buy tobacco and vaping products to 21 statewide, a smart move with wide support that would discourage teen smoking and save lives,” said Chicago Tribune.

The government is trying to use the new law to take smoking and vaping out of high schools by raising the age of purchase on tobacco products.

“Pritzker is counting on $65 million in new revenue in tobacco taxes, and Tobacco 21 will take a bite out of that. It’s worth it to mount an aggressive assault on America’s No. 1 killer — and give kids a fighting chance against marketing efforts that suck in customers too young,” said Chicago Tribune.

Pritzker hopes this bill becoming a law will help take care of underage smoking.

“The plan has several facets, some of which have the potential to dramatically decrease the death and disease caused by tobacco products in the U.S., while other aspects of the plan may result in increased harm,” said the FDA.

The bill had to be passed through both houses and then passed by the governor.

“The association says Tobacco 21 in Chicago, which passed in 2016, contributed to a 36 percent decline in the use of tobacco among teens in the city,” said Chicago Tribune.

Most of the tobacco companies were afraid that raising the age of purchase would hurt their business.

“About 5,700 teens in the state of Illinois become new daily smokers each year, Cook County Health reports, and the passing of the new bill could lower smoking rates by 12 percent,” said NBC Chicago.

The FDA is concerned about the health of the younger population. They are trying to stop Big Tobacco.