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Mulroe: Tobacco 21 is a major win for the health of Illinoisans

mulroe 040819SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) released the following statement the day after Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation raising the smoking age in Illinois to 21:

“When I originally introduced Tobacco 21 legislation several years ago, it was met with a lot of resistance. After years of building support and talking with the public, it’s gratifying to see my colleagues in the General Assembly and Gov. Pritzker commit to reducing smoking in Illinois.

“The harmful effects of tobacco are well-documented enough that we know a reduction in smoking translates pretty directly to a reduction in health problems over a long period of time. We also know that addiction tends to set in at an early age. By raising the smoking age, we’re heading off these chronic health problems before they start.”

The smoking age in Illinois will become 21 on July 1.

Sen. John G. Mulroe

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10th District

Years served: 2010 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Executive; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary (Chairperson); Public Health; Subcommittee on Const. Amendments.

Biography: Born July 21, 1959, in Chicago; BBA, accounting, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University School of Law; member of Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations; full-time attorney; former assistant state's attorney and arbitrator for Cook County; certified public accountant; married (wife, Margaret), four children.

Associated Representative:
Robert Martwick
Michael P. McAuliffe