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Illinois Senate President to be Honored as Champion of State Tobacco Control Policy

Lung Association recognizes President John Cullerton for work on Tobacco 21, e-cigarette tax and protecting kids from smoke in cars

(November 7, 2019) - CHICAGO

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Jill Thompson
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Today, the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago announced that it will present the Impact Award to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton for his work to prevent and reduce tobacco use through advocating for proven policy.

The Lung Association will present Cullerton with the Impact Award on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30 a.m. at Holland & Knight at 150 N Riverside, 27th Floor.

Cullerton’s work this past year is making a significant impact on the residents of Illinois. In April, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Tobacco 21, a law that raised the sales age of tobacco products to 21. This law, which was championed by Cullerton, is proven to dramatically decrease tobacco use and prevent young people from even starting. Also, in the wake of the youth e-cigarette epidemic, Tobacco 21 helps keep e-cigarettes out of high schools.

Additionally, this year Cullerton helped usher through a law to tax e-cigarettes and increase cigarette taxes, a law that protects kids from secondhand smoke in cars, and helped secure more funding for tobacco cessation and prevention programs in Illinois.

“President Cullerton has been a champion for proven and effective tobacco control policy for decades. He is a passionate health advocate, who is a vital player in passing significant laws that impact the health of every single Illinois resident, such as Smoke Free Illinois,” said Kristen Young, executive director of the Lung Association. “He is the reason that Illinois has some of the most progressive tobacco control laws in the country. Our state is healthier because of his tireless efforts.”

The annual Impact Awards highlight individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond in advancing lung disease prevention.


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:

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