Illinois House fails to override Gov. Rauner’s veto to raise legal smoking age to 21


The Illinois House voted 62-45 to not override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would raise the legal age to buy tobacco products in the state to 21. 

The veto needed 71 votes to pass. The Senate had voted to override with 36-19 votes two weeks prior.

The bill was also known as “Tobacco 21.” 

Peoria City Council voted back in April to pass its own Tobacco 21 initiative, which went into effect over the summer. 

“We’re deeply disheartened that our representatives failed to support youth health,” the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network of Illinois tweeted. A tobacco 21 law would have been the next step toward reducing the harm Big Tobacco has inflicted on our communities […] With a tobacco 21 law, Illinois could have kept kids from becoming addicted to tobacco before they have a chance to grow up. Dozens of municipalities in our state have already passed this law, and this was an opportunity to get the entire state on board.”

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