While the Illinois legislature considers a statewide increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, the Chicago suburb of Mount Prospect has passed its own increase, waving the second reading requirement during its meeting on Tuesday.
The ordinance does not change the minimum age to possess tobacco, leaving it at 18-years-old. Additionally, the ordinance gives the city new leverage to suspend or revoke a tobacco retailer’s license for selling tobacco to a person under 21-years-old.
The proposal passed by a 5-1 vote and goes into effect immediately upon passage and publication.
Mount Prospect is located 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and is home to approximately 54,000 residents.