Under-21 tobacco ban fails to become law in Illinois

Under-21 tobacco ban fails to become law in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois lawmakers failed Wednesday to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that banned the sale of tobacco to those younger than 21. The House voted 62-45 to overturn the “Tobacco 21” veto, but it needed a three-fifths majority of 71 votes to become law. The legislation would have set a minimum age of 21 to buy cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and nicotine-based products such as e-cigarettes and vaping materials. Rep. Camille Lilly, who sponsored the proposal, said it would “help prevent young people from beginning a lifetime tobacco addiction.”

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