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Illinois raises smoking age to 21 statewide

(CNN) — Illinois is the latest state to raise its legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Governor JB Pritzker signed the law Sunday. It goes into effect on July 1. Pritzker says the legislation targets cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, adding it’s intended to reduce tobacco use among teens and young adults by preventing them from starting.

The bill signing comes two days after Washington State’s governor signed similar legislation that will take effect next year.

READ MORE: Raising smoking age to 21 passes Washington Legislature

Six states currently have a legal smoking age of 21. Illinois and two others have laws that will take effect later this year.

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