Illinois Senate Passes Tobacco 21; Lung Association Urges House to Follow Suit
(April 25, 2018) -
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The American Lung Association in Illinois lauds the Illinois State Senate for voting in favor of SB2332, known as Tobacco 21, legislation that would raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21. Senate Bill 2332 is sponsored by Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield.
“This law would have a tremendous impact on our state. It would help protect young people from beginning a lifetime of addiction and ultimately save their lives. In addition to dramatically increasing public health protections, over time, this proposed legislation would save millions of dollars in health care costs in the state of Illinois,” said Kathy Drea, vice president of advocacy for the Lung Association. “We strongly encourage the Illinois House of Representatives to follow suit and support this legislation, which is proven to protect the most vulnerable parts of our population, our children.”
To date, more than 4.28 million people living in 24 municipalities in Illinois are covered by Tobacco 21 laws. Some of the largest cities in the state have passed the law, including Chicago, Aurora, Evanston and Naperville. In Evanston, the first city that passed Tobacco 21 in Illinois, the high school tobacco use rate decreased more than 37 percent after raising the minimum purchasing age to 21.
To date, five state have raised the minimum purchasing age of tobacco products to 21; California, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Oregon.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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