BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – In an effort to promote public health in Illinois, state Rep. Daniel Didech, D-Buffalo Grove, is backing legislation to raise the required age to purchase tobacco products in Illinois from 18 to 21.
“Smoking is a public health crisis that hurts families and costs Illinois millions of dollars every year,” Didech said. “Most smokers get addicted to cigarettes before they turn 21. By raising the minimum age, we are going to help save lives and improve the health of our communities.”
Didech is a co-sponsor of House Bill 345, which would raise the legal age for a person to buy tobacco, alternative nicotine and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21. Six states have similar legislation into law, which has led to an overall reduction in smoking. Numerous municipalities in Illinois have already instituted their own ‘Tobacco 21’ laws, including the City of Chicago and Lake County. 7
“A reduction in tobacco use benefits everyone in Illinois, especially our teens and young adults if we can keep them from ever using tobacco products in the first place,” Didech said. “This legislation is a key step in curbing the smoking epidemic and creating a healthier state.”
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