Highland Park, Ill. to Raise Tobacco Purchase Age


One of Chicago’s most affluent suburbs has joined in the movement to raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21, as the Highland Park City Council approved the increase during its Oct. 10 meeting.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, a person must be at least 21-years-old to purchase tobacco in the city, as well as to sell tobacco products or e-cigarettes. The council did not criminalize possession of tobacco products or e-cigarettes by those age 18 to 21, however.


By its own research, Highland Park currently has 17 tobacco retailers that will be affected by the change.

Highland Park is home to nearly 30,000 residents and is located approximately 25 miles north of Chicago.

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