In an attempt to close what they saw as a loophole in Illinois’ tobacco purchasing age law, leaders in the village of Palatine have raised both the minimum age to purchase and possess tobacco and nicotine delivery products 21-years-old.

According to the ordinance, the recommendation for the increase came from the village’s police department as a way to make the law more straightforward, as well as make it uniform with the village’s policy on cannabis products.

The new law will go into effect on Aug. 1. Violators will be subject to a fine of up to $1,000.

Palatine is a suburb of Chicago, located approximately 30 miles northwest of the downtown core. It is home to just under 70,000 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.