The Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates has joined the Tobacco 21 campaign as the village’s Board of Trustees approved the proposal at its Nov. 5 meeting.

The ordinance also makes it illegal for a person under 21-years-old to possess or use tobacco products or alternatives such as e-cigarettes. Both the sale of tobacco to a person under 21 as well as the possession of tobacco by a person under 21 come with fines of $250.

Since Chicago passed its Tobacco 21 ordinance in March 2016, a number of other cities in the surrounding area have joined the Tobacco 21 movement, including Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Vernon Hills, Aurora and Wheaton. A statewide increase was vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in August, however.

The ordinance is to go into effect immediately upon passage and approval.

Hoffman Estates is home to approximately 52,000 residents.

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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.