State bans sales of single cigarettes

August 26, 2008 2:55:20 PM PDT
Governor rod Blagojevich signed new legislation Monday prohibiting sales of out-of-package, single or loose cigarettes. The move is designed to make it more difficult for minors to buy cigarettes in Illinois.

The American Lung Association says teenagers often purchase single cigarettes due to the high cost of a pack.

The new law also prohibits tobacco vending machines in factories, businesses and other places not open to the general public. It also makes it illegal for those under 18 to use a fake I.D. to purchase tobacco products.