New Bill Would Push Smoking Age to 21 if Passed

Springfield — If a new bill gaining support in the Illinois Senate becomes law, you’ll have to be old enough to buy a beer before you’re old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes. State Senator John Mulroe of Chicago is pushing a plan that, if passed, would push the legal smoking age in the state to 21. Supporters of the bill say raising the age would cut the number of young smokers and could save the state billions of dollars in future health care costs.