The minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Evanston, Ill. could be increasing to 21 on Monday night, as the Evanston City Council is expected to discuss and vote on the proposed change, which would make the city the first in Illinois to raise the age above 18. The item has been added to Monday’s meeting agenda.
The proposal comes to the council with a bit of steam, as on Monday, Oct. 6, the City Council’s Human Services Committee voted 4-0 in favor of the age increase, which would cover the purchase, sale and possession of tobacco or liquid nicotine products.
According to a report in the Evanston Review, police would be able to stop and cite a person for being in possession of tobacco or liquid nicotine products if they were under age. Sellers would also face fines of $200 to $500 for violating the ordinance and could face revocation of their business license. The full text of the ordinance can be found on page 369 of Monday’s city council meeting packet. If passed, the ordinance would go into effect after being published as required by city law.
Evanston is home to 75,000 residents, as well as Northwestern University. It is located in the northeastern part of the state, 12 miles north of Chicago.