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.