Moline May Take The New Tobacco Law One Step Further
This past April, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation that raised the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill officially went into effect on the first of this month. Now, Moline is taking the restriction one step further.
The statewide bill made it illegal for anyone younger to purchase cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products. This new measure in Moline, if passed, will make it illegal for anyone younger than 21 to possess tobacco and tobacco-related products in Moline, according to the Dispatch-Argus.
That means that anyone younger than 21 who's caught smoking, vaping or in the possession of tobacco products will face a fine. How much the fine will be has not yet been laid out. According to aldermen, the idea is to combat smoking and vaping among high schoolers, which has become prevalent in the area.
This measure is not official yet though; city officials will discuss it next at their meeting on July 30.