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Illinois Press Releases

June 2, 2019

Health Advocates: Tobacco Tax Increases Will Protect Young Lives

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:

March 14, 2019

ACS CAN Hails Final Legislative Passage of Tobacco 21

Today, the Illinois State Senate sent a bill to Gov. J.B. Pritzker that raises the minimum age of tobacco sales to 21 years old. In response, Shana Crews, Illinois government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, issued the following statement:

March 12, 2019

ACS CAN Celebrates House Passage of Tobacco 21

Today, the Illinois House of Representatives approved a bill to raise the minimum age of tobacco sales to 21 years old. It now moves to the State Senate for further consideration. In response, Shana Crews, Illinois government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, issued the following statement:

November 28, 2018

ACS CAN Decries House’s Failure to Override Tobacco 21 Veto

Today, the Illinois House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation to raise the minimum age of tobacco sales to 21 years old. In response, Shana Crews, Illinois government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, issued the following statement:

November 14, 2018

ACS CAN Celebrates Senate Veto Override of Tobacco 21

Today, the Illinois State Senate overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation to raise the minimum age of tobacco sales to 21 years old. In response, Shana Crews, Illinois government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, issued the following statement: