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Lawmakers OK higher tobacco purchase age

By Sam Dunklau,

The legal age to buy tobacco in Illinois may soon go up from 18 to 21. The measure narrowly passed the Illinois House Wednesday night 61 to 49, after failing once before.

State Representative Camille Lilly sponsored the legislation in the House. The Chicago Democrat says she talked to the people who’d be affected by the higher age.

“Those young people’s response was, ‘I think we shouldn’t start smoking or purchasing tobacco until we’re 90,'” Lilly said during Wednesday’s debate. “They want to live, they want better choices.”


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