Sale of Tobacco to Minors Act

o Sale of Tobacco to Minors Act (720 ILCS 675/1)
o Smokeless Tobacco Limitation Act (720 ILCS 680/3-4)
o Tobacco Accessories and Smoking Herbs Control Act (720 ILCS 685/4)
o Cigareette Health Warning Act (ILCS 410 85/4)
In addition to the state laws, many municipal and county governments have established local laws pertaining to the sale of tobacco products including licensure, signage, and local penalties for illegal underage tobacco sales. Illinois laws regulate the distribution, sale, and taxation of tobacco products and establish penalties for violations. Within these laws are provisions prohibiting the sale and purchase of tobacco products, smokeless tobacco, tobacco accessories and smoking herbs to persons under the age of 18. Illinois laws are summarized in the:


Dec. 2, 2002

No Smoking Allowed In the Ivory Tower

U.S. colleges are cutting back on the places where students can light up


It\'s a cold, wet afternoon at the University of New Hampshire, and sitting in the frigid drizzle, a lighted cigarette in her hand, senior Amy Osborne wistfully recalls her freshman year on campus. "Both me and my roommate smoked," says Osborne, 23. "Nobody cared back then what we did as long as we kept our door closed."

People care now. Two years ago, U.N.H. banned smoking in dormitories, forcing Osborne and other refugee smokers to light up outside. Then last April the university not only imposed a perimeter restriction, prohibiting smoking within 20 ft. of campus-building doorways, but also...

November 28, 1994


Addicts in Short Pants

IT TOOK A LOT OF COURAGE FOR SABRINA F. Hall to write about her addiction to cigarettes ("Lighting My Fire," MY TURN, Oct. 10). I wish her piece had been read at the hearings in Washington, D.C., when tobacco-industry spin doctors were insisting that cigarettes are not addictive. Hall believes cigarettes opened the door to drugs for her and several friends. No 13-year-old should have to spend time in a 12-step program for narcotics or nicotine addictions. DONNA FLETCHER ALBUQUERQUE,

May 1, 1995


Waiting to Exhale


BY THE TIME MOST TEENAGERS REACH high school, they\'ve been inundated with anti-smoking lectures and anti-smoking films. What 15-year-old doesn\'t know that smoking is bad for his health? Yet 1 million Americans take up smoking each year - almost 3,000 a day - and the vast majority of them are kids. For decades, black and white teens smoked with equal abandon, but now comes the strongest evidence yet that black teenagers, at least, are kicking the habit. According to figures published

May 10, 1999


The Truth About High School


It was one careless moment in the cafeteria that she now believes will haunt her forever, or at least until graduation, whichever comes first. Blond, smart, athletic and well off, she must have thought she could get away with sitting down with a couple of gawky skaters from the fringe of high-school society, if only to interview them about hip-hop music for the school newspaper. She should have known that in high school, appearance outweighs motive by 100 to 1. There were giggles and stares,

June 2002

Cigarette sales and advertising targeting women in the late 1960\'s and early 1970\'s coincided with a major increase in the number of teenage girls who began smoking. A 2001 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that among high school students, 27.7 percent of girls are current smokers; 12.9 percent of these girls admitted to smoking frequently.

· Tobacco advertising encourages young people to begin a lifelong addiction of smoking before they are old enough to fully understand its long-term health risk. It is estimated that at least 4.5 million U.S. teenagers are cigarette smokers.

· The tobacco industry has developed potent lures for adolescent girls. The industry uses women\'s magazines to sell cigarettes with ads linking smoking to fashion, beauty, and slimness.

· Research has linked a sharp increase in smoking initiation by teenage girls in the late 1960\'s and early 1970\'s to soaring sales of widely advertised cigarettes for women.

· In 1967, tobacco companies introduced advertising, such as the Virginia Slims campaign, aimed at selling specific brands to women. Smoking initiation for adolescent girls peaked around 1973, at approximately the same