SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Another state has raised the age to legally buy tobacco and nicotine products to 21.
"Today is a milestone day for the health of our communities and especially our young people," Pritzker, a Democrat, tweeted. "Illinois is now the first state in the Midwest to enact #Tobacco21."
He went on to say that the law, effective July 1, will make schools healthier and save lives.
The law eliminates "penalties for underage possession" but imposes fines against businesses caught selling tobacco to anyone under 21, the AP reported.
Other states have passed similar laws, including Washington, Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Virginia, Arkansas, New Jersey, Hawaii, Utah and Maine, WREX-TV reported.
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