State of Illinois Raises Legal Age for Purchase of Tobacco Products

Published April 24, 2019

On April 8, 2019 Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Public Act 101-0002 which raises the legal age for purchasing all tobacco products in the State of Illinois from eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21) years of age.  The statute specifically prohibits the sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21. The statute goes into effect statewide on July 1, 2019. 

Upon the law’s effective date, the sale of all tobacco products to persons under 21 years of age will be prohibited.  The definition of tobacco products is broadly defined and includes a prohibition on sales for both “electronic cigarette[s]” and “alternative nicotine product[s]” to persons under the age of 21.  “Electronic cigarette[s]” include those devices used to produce a vapor for inhalation while “alternative nicotine product[s]” include any ingestion of a product consisting of or containing nicotine whether by chewing, smoking, absorbing, dissolving, inhaling, snorting, sniffing or by any other means.

Municipalities in the State of Illinois should review their municipal codes to ensure their codes are consistent with this new law before it goes into effect.  Please contact your Robbins Schwartz attorney with any questions or concerns regarding this new law.