Tobacco 21 Passes House; Martwick co-sponsors

Mar 12, 2019

SPRINGFIELD -- This afternoon the Illinois House of Representatives passed Tobacco 21 (HB345) by a vote of 82-31. This legislation would raise the age minimum to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 throughout the State of Illinois. Rep. Rob Martwick supported the bill in previous General Assemblies and this year was a co-sponsor of the legislation.

After the bill's passage, Rep. Martwick expressed why he supported the legislation: "I voted for Tobacco 21 because we need to protect the health of our state's youth. This legislation will restrict young people from purchasing dangerous tobacco products. By waiting longer into adulthood to buy them, the next generation will have gained more knowledge about the grave health risks involved in tobacco usage and will be able to make more mature decisions. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this bill as well."

The Tobacco 21 bill now heads to the Illinois Senate.


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