Illinois Bill Proposes Raising Age To Buy Tobacco

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SPRINGFIELD----A bill in the Illinois Senate aims to hike the age to purchase tobacco products in the state from 18 to 21.

Democratic State Senator John Mulroe of Chicago is sponsoring the bill. Mulroe says he wants the bill to lower the number of young people who start smoking.

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association says the bill would not make much of a difference, because those affected by the change would find other avenues to get tobacco products.

A report in the State Journal-Register says other research suggests that restricting minors' access to cigarettes and other tobacco products may have little or no effect. The bill is assigned to the Senate's Public Health Committee.

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