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A study published Monday in the journal Nature Plants shows that plants genetically engineered to create large amounts of useful industrial enzymes can be grown under field conditions without hurting their yield.

Illinois legislators are reviving bills that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

The Illinois House has voted against increasing the smoking age from 18 to 21.

Senate OKs Raising Smoking Age From 18 to 21

Apr 25, 2018

The Illinois Senate has voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

An Illinois senate committee has endorsed raising the age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. 

New research shows cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.  The American Cancer Society study found the highest rate among men in Arkansas, where 40% of cancer deaths were linked to cigarette smoking. Kentucky had the highest rate among women at 29%.

One Chicago Cubs player says a new ban on chewing tobacco in the ballpark might prompt him to kick the habit.

A Chicago ordinance banning smokeless tobacco at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular went into effect last week.

MONTERO: They’re looking out for us, which I really appreciate, but uh..

Cubs catcher Miguel Montero has mixed feelings on the rule.

MONTERO: I don’t know how they’re going to do it, they’re going to set a fine or something like that, so I guess I gotta write a check soon.

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Legislation raising the age to buy cigarettes seemed to have been extinguished in the Illinois Senate last week. But it suddenly caught fire again as the Senate approved it Wednesday.

The measure's sponsor - John Mulroe of Chicago - says this time he found support from people who had been unsure about the measure or who weren't there to vote when it failed to pass earlier this month. 

The legislation would move the legal age to buy cigarettes and e-cigarettes from eighteen years old to twenty-one. 

Amanda Vinicky

A state senator's attempt to snuff-out youth smoking fell short when it came up for a vote Thursday.  Sen. John Mulroe, D-Chicago, wants to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 "to prevent tobacco-related disease and death."

A measure to prohibit tobacco sales to people younger than 21 has failed in the Illinois Senate.  The legislation sponsored by Democratic Sen. John Mulroe of Chicago would not have made young smokers criminals. But supporters say they want to prevent young people from getting hooked. 

Anti-smoking advocates want to raise the age for buying tobacco to 21, in an attempt to dissuade teenagers from picking up the habit.

You can vote at the age of 18, join the military, and for now buy cigarettes. Legislation (SB3011)  introduced by Sen. John Mulroe, D-Chicago, would require young adults to wait another four years.

Anyone under 18 who's caught with electronic cigarettes or other tobacco-free nicotine products would face a fine or community service under a new Illinois law.                                             

Electronic cigarettes don't contain tobacco, but the vaporized solution users inhale does contain nicotine.

Senator Julie Morrison -- a Democrat from Deerfield -- says she doesn't consider them safe.

Morrison says she'd kept stories about young people puffing on e-cigs.

The Illinois Supreme Court has once again ruled in favor of tobacco giant Philip Morris, saving the company from a 10-billion-dollar lawsuit.  The case has been before the court off and on for more than a decade. A group of smokers say Philip Morris tricked them into thinking “light” cigarettes were safer than regular.