Two hundred impassioned advocates descended on the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 9th, determined to meet with legislators to advocate for statewide Tobacco 21 legislation. Advocates in attendance partnered with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, and the Respiratory Health Association.
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A day designated for legislators and advocates to wear suits and sneakers.
Advocates were able to connect with over 100 legislators and/or their staff during their time at the Capitol. They met with them at the wild rail, chased them down halls, cornered them outside the caucus room and some of them even got VIP treatment with sit down meetings. Letting our lawmakers know loud and clear that it is time for Illinois to raise the age of sales for all tobacco products to 21.
“21 Now!”, “21 Now!”, “21 Now!” rally cry in the first floor of the Illinois State Capitol. Numerous leaders spoke on our efforts paying off and pushing the bill forward.
Friday, May 18th, at 8:30 a.m. the House Health & Healthcare Disparities Committee voted on moving forward with the Senate Tobacco 21 bill (SB 2332). The bill passed out of this committee, and has moved forward to the House for a full vote.