Cook County, Ill. Raises Minimum Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21

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An ordinance raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products received the  approval by the Cook County Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, passing by a vote of 15-1-1, with one member simply voting “present.”

The increase applies  to the sale of both tobacco products and tobacco alternatives, such as e-cigarettes, vapor products and anything “containing nicotine derived from tobacco, which product is intended to enable human consumption of the tobacco or nicotine,” regardless of its form, in the unincorporated parts of the county.

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The ordinance will go into effect on June 1.

Getting Cook County is a huge win for supporters of what is commonly referred to as the Tobacco 21 movement, as with 5.211 million residents it is the second-most populous county in the United States, trailing only Los Angeles County. It includes the city of Chicago, which approved its own Tobacco 21 ordinance in 2016.

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