State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) voted Tuesday to raise the age to sell or purchase tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old. In response to the vote, Rep. Parkhurst stated:
“This is a step forward for a healthier Illinois. Smoking and tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death according to the CDC. The advent of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco has increased the use of tobacco and nicotine products among minors, including middle school students. By raising the age, we are taking action to ensure fewer people use tobacco and to remove opportunities for our youth to start smoking.”
HB 345 passed the House 81-31 and heads to the Senate for consideration.