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Tobacco 21 Legislation 'Reboots' in Springfield; Optimism Prevails in Press Event
Posted on: 2/11/2019
Dr. Pedersen

ISMS President-Elect
Paul E. Pedersen, MD, was one of the speakers advocating for Tobacco 21.

Earlier this month, ISMS joined Illinois lawmakers and other public health advocacy organizations at a press conference to announce the reintroduction of Illinois' Tobacco 21 legislation (Senate Bill 21 and House Bill 345).

Tobacco 21 would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, as nearly all adult smokers started as kids. The bills cover all tobacco and nicotine products, including e-cigarettes. 

ISMS President-Elect Paul E. Pedersen, MD, was one of the speakers advocating for this legislation.

Last year the General Assembly cleared Illinois' Tobacco 21 legislation and the bill landed on Governor Rauner's desk. But, disappointingly, the governor vetoed the bill. 

Senate Bill 21 passed out of the Senate Public Health Committee and is now before the full Senate; House Bill 345 is currently assigned to the House Health Care Availability & Accessibility Committee.

Watch for updates in Physician Advocate and on the Legislative Action Hub.

If you have any questions, please contact ISMS Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien at 312-580-6488.

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ISMS joined Illinois lawmakers and other public health advocacy organizations at a press conference to announce the reintroduction of Illinois’ Tobacco 21 legislation.



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