Measure to raise Illinois smoking age to 21 has failed
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A measure to prohibit tobacco sales to people younger than 21 has failed in the Illinois Senate.
The legislation sponsored by Democratic Sen. John Mulroe of Chicago would not have made young smokers criminals. But supporters say they want to prevent young people from getting hooked.
The proposal failed 23-25 Thursday with three “present” votes.
Opponents argued that 18-year-olds should be able to buy tobacco because they may join the military. That was the argument 45 years ago in lowering the drinking age to 18, which is back at 21.
Others argued that there should be criminal provisions for violators like there are for minors who drink. Another complaint was the state was cracking down on tobacco while liberalizing marijuana laws.