Illinois' Tobacco Age Increases To 21 On Monday

July 01, 2019 - 7:30 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois residents under 21 won't be able to buy tobacco products and cigarettes will cost more under new laws taking effect on Monday.

Illinois will join a handful of other states banning sales of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes in raising the age limit from 18 to 21.

Dozens of communities in the state have already enacted similar ordinances.

The state will also increase its $1.98-per-pack cigarette tax by $1. The last increase was in 2012.

Money will be used to pay for construction projects at schools and colleges, along with other facilities.

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