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A Chicago suburb will consider raising the minimum age to buy tobacco and nicotine products following a letter from a 9-year-old requesting the mayor help people stop smoking.

 

The Elgin City Council will consider raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 on Wednesday, The Courier-News reported.

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Illinois Democrats want to raise the legal age for smoking or chewing tobacco from 18 to 21.

      

State Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield and State Rep. Camille Lilly of Oak Park say it will stop teenagers from starting a deadly habit.

The "Tobacco 21" measure would prohibit consumers younger than 21 from buying tobacco-based products including e-cigarettes and other nicotine products.

Almost all smokers start before they turn 21, according to the Respiratory Health Association.