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Thank Governor Pritzker for making Tobacco 21 law.

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill to raise the minimum age of tobacco sales to 21 years old.  Thanks to his action, we are now the very first Tobacco 21 state in the Midwest.

Latest Updates

June 2, 2019

Today, the Illinois General Assembly passed a $1-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes sold in Illinois, establishing a $2.98-per-pack tax on cigarettes and a 15% wholesale tax on e-cigarettes. In response, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Respiratory Health Association issued the following statement:

May 7, 2019

Today, Senate President John Cullerton joined health advocates from organizations across the state to announce new legislation that would increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The bill includes a $1-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes sold in Illinois, which would bring the statewide tax up to $2.98 per pack.

May 6, 2019

Senate President John Cullerton will join health advocates from across the state tomorrow to discuss recent polling regarding ways to improve public health in Illinois. WHO: Senate President John Cullerton Dr. Douglas Carlson, Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Shana Crews, Illinois government relations

May 1, 2019

Today, dozens of cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state gathered in Springfield to urge the General Assembly to increase the state’s tobacco taxes and create more choices for patients. The visit was part of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s annual Day at the Capitol.

State Contacts

Shana Crews
Illinois Government Relations Director
Tracy Lytwyn
Sr. Regional Media Advocacy Manager

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