The legislation would exempt electronic cigarettes from some tobacco sales restrictions while barring people younger than 18 from buying them.
The Food and Drug Administration has proposed regulations on electronic cigarettes, which would include minors.
Opponents argue the legislation would pave the way for the nicotine products to be sold with fewer restrictions.
Nearly half of electronic cigarette poisoning cases in the area involve young children.
Chicago’s City Council on Wednesday passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes in areas where tobacco products are currently banned.
In a letter to the FDA, Ill. Attorney General Lisa Madigan called on the agency to impose the same age and advertising restrictions that exist for regular cigarettes.
“Teens, adolescents, young brains are obviously quite bright in many cases but the connections between nerves, what are called synapses, have not completely developed.”
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