You may soon have to be 21 to buy a pack of cigarettes in Illinois. But the people who sell tobacco in the state say the important part of that sentence is “in Illinois.” Just on the other side of the bridge in Alton, stores in West Alton, Missouri sell beer, gas, fireworks and cigarettes to folks from Illinois.
Bill Fleischli with the Illinois Association of Convenience Stores says a plan in the Illinois Senate to increase the age to buy tobacco will create more places like West Alton.
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Fleischli says convenience store managers want only adults to smoke. The American Lung Association in Illinois says bumping the legal age from 18 to 21 could cut down on teen smoking rates by making it that much harder for young people to get tobacco.