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Governor Pritzker signs legislation preventing underage electronic cigarette sales

In 2019, Pritzker signed legislation that raised the minimum age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.
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Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 4:36 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) - Governor JB Pritzker signed two bills into law to put regulations on electronic cigarettes by not allowing marketing of these products to target children and for retailers to enforce with the state’s minimum age requirement of 21 to purchase them.

“This legislation will make our communities healthier places to live, and most importantly, will save lives,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “I’m proud that Illinois is taking yet another step toward protecting the health and safety of our young residents from tobacco and e-cigarettes and I want to thank Attorney General Raoul, our partners in the General Assembly, as well as the advocates and organizations for their work to make these laws possible.”

In 2019, Pritzker signed legislation that raised the minimum age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. The first bill he signed “prohibits the use of cartoons, video game characters, and popular children’s media to promote e-cigarette products. It also forbids sellers from marketing e-cigarettes as a low-risk product.” The second bill is an amendment to the Substance Use Disorder Act which now includes vape shops so the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) can review each of the shops to make sure they are following the rules.

“The need to prevent youth e-cigarette use has never been more urgent, and the Preventing Youth Vaping Act gives us the tools to stop e-cigarette companies from marketing and advertising to minors,” Attorney General Kwame Raoul said. “Our work does not end today. This law is a significant step forward in what must be a comprehensive approach to protecting young people from the dangers of using e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. I would like to thank Sen. Morrison and Rep. Morgan for their leadership, and I appreciate Gov. Pritzker’s action to codify the Preventing Youth Vaping Act into law. I look forward to our continued collaboration as my office continues to investigate the e-cigarette industry and hold accountable manufacturers who market their products to teens and young adults.”

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