The Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village has approved an increase to the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and alternative nicotine delivery products, a change that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

The increase was approved a 5-2 vote during the board of trustees meeting on Tuesday.

Once the increase goes into effect, retailers who sell such products to a person under 21-years-old will face a fine between $25 and $500

Elk Grove Village is home to approximately 33,000 residents. It is located to the northwest side of O’Hare International Airport, just over 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.