Illinois Keeps 18 as Tobacco Buying Age

The lawmakers didn’t have the votes to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would have raised the age to 21.

November 30, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – This week, Illinois lawmakers didn’t have the votes to make the tobacco buying age 21 across the state, the Chicago Tribune reports. The legislators failed to overturn Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the bill, keeping 18 as the tobacco purchase age across the state.

The move won’t alter Chicago’s law restricting tobacco products to those 21 and older. The measure would have included electronic cigarettes and vaping products.

State Rep. Allen Skillicorn opposed the bill on the grounds that 18-year-olds could purchase cars, enter the military and open credit cards. “Let’s encourage them to make the right decision, not take away all their decisions,” he said.

Supporters will likely try again since the election brought in more Democrats into the House. This fall, many other municipalities passed laws related to tobacco, including bans on flavored tobacco products and raising the minimum buying age to 21.