Another Chicago-area is close to joining the region’s growing Tobacco 21 movement, as on Monday the Des Plaines City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that will make 21 the minimum age to purchase tobacco and tobacco alternative products.
The ordinance, which was approved unanimously, also seeks to make it illegal for a person under 21 years old to possess or use tobacco products or things like electronic cigarettes and vapes. Changing the possession piece of the law is one that several cities—including Chicago—have opted not to enact, reasoning that there is no reason to start an adult’s criminal record with a tobacco violation.
On Monday, the city of Arlington Heights also approved the first reading of a similar ordinance, though it does not change any laws regarding possession. The two cities join Hoffman Estates and Barrington in passing increases in recent weeks.
Des Plaines is home to just over 58,000 residents. It is located approximately 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.