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The FDA is weighing a crackdown on flavored vapes as more people are suffering from respiratory illnesses linked to e-cigarette usage. Seven people are now reported dead, including one from Illinois. 

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.

FDA Cracks Down On Teen Vaping, ‘Juuling’

Apr 25, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday they will take steps to crack down on the sale of e-cigarette products to children and teenagers. More than two million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2016 and that number has continued to grow.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency is conducting an undercover, nationwide blitz this month to try and stop the sale of e-cigarette products from companies like JUUL to minors.

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.

CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago is launching a new public health campaign aimed at educating young people on the dangers of electronic cigarettes. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's public health department said Wednesday the so-called "Vaping" campaign includes advertisements that will debut Monday. They're also trying to spread the word via social media, using the hashtag (hash)VapingTruth. The Chicago Department of Public Health defines vaping as breathing in heated liquid nicotine from devices such as personal vaporizers or e-cigarettes. Dr.