Yesterday, you only had to be 18 years old to purchase tobacco in the Chicago suburb of Lincolnshire, Ill. Today, you must be 21, as the village’s board voted in favor of the increase at its meeting on Monday night which applies to electronic smoking devices and accessories as well, and went into effect immediately.
The ordinance does not affect the minimum age to possess or use tobacco or alternative nicotine delivery products, which remains at 18-years-old.
The increase brings another municipality into the Tobacco 21 movement that has been growing around the Chicago area, which includes Chicago, Maywood, Oak Park, Evanston, Deerfield, Naperville and Highland Park. A bill has also under consideration in the state legislature to increase the tobacco purchase age to 21 statewide.
Lincolnshire is located just over 30 miles northwest of Chicago and is home to approximately 7,500 residents.