Rauner vetoes Tobacco 21, sides with Big Tobacco over state’s children


Tobacco 21 Press Conference

 SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) released the following statement this afternoon after Governor Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 2332 that would have made Illinois the sixth state to raise the age to legally buy tobacco products to 21:

“I’m stunned that Bruce Rauner, the governor of the state of Illinois, sided with Big Tobacco instead of our children. We have known for decades the dangers of tobacco use. The Illinois communities that stepped up and adopted Tobacco 21 on their own have seen a dramatic decrease in high school smoking rates.

“At a time of increased vaping use among teens, the governor had an opportunity to make a real investment in the health of our next generation. Instead, he favored political considerations over the health of our children, and in doing so failed us all.”