The antis said before smoking bans help convince kids to never even try smoking.
Well, I still see teens and some preteens smoking cigs, and they look like experienced smokers with those menthols. Albeit my sightings doesn't include "underage smokers" of all types. Chicago had a local smoking ban since 2006. But I still see kids smoking, and some of those teens asked ME for a cig during this summer on my work days.
The local ban hasn't helped curb underage smoking at all. I seriously doubt the state ban will help curb underage smoking in IL period. Smoking bans will make smokers more disobedient, and it's still easy for them to buy packs underground ("them" actually includes adult IL smokers).
But banning tobacco would be the only REALISTIC way to curb underage smoking. After all, if antis want to keep tobacco away from all kids, then they need to make tobacco sales illegal.
Heck, the rise in cig prices was supposed to help cut down on underage smoking too. But it hasn't...it has encouraged kids AND adults to get cigs in secret fashion.
If smoking bans and higher cig prices have made life better for antis, I honestly don't see it. I've seen more kids smoking in public as the years progressed, and underage smokers are a lot similar to me (among the ones I see). They just simply FLICK those lighters without worrying about the sign on the wall, or the rest of society. They'll just do what they want.