An Illinois Senate committee has moved forward proposed legislation that would raise the age for buying tobacco in the state.
The Senate Public Health Committee vote 6 to 3 to advance a bill that would raise the tobacco-buying age to 21 in Illinois. The city of Chicago recently passed an ordinance that does the same.
Opponents say the bill goes too far seeing as though 18-year-olds can get married, divorced and make their own health care decisions. But the bill's sponsor, state Sen. John Mulroe (D-Chicago), says the proposal can help young people hold off from picking up the habit too early, which can reduce the chances of smoking later in life, according to studies.
The bill is now headed to the full chamber for consideration.