Wheeling, Ill. Raises Age to Purchase, Possess Tobacco to 21

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While Illinois is raising the statewide minimum age to purchase tobacco products on July 1, the Chicago suburb of Wheeling is raising it immediately after the village’s Board of Trustees voted in favor of an ordinance at its meeting on Monday.

In addition to raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, the village is also raising the minimum age to possess tobacco products to 21, something that was left out of the state’s bill in an attempt prevent young people from getting a criminal record for tobacco possession.

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Of note, Wheeling’s ordinance does not explicitly mention tobacco products, and the definition of tobacco products does not include e-cigarettes or vaping devices.

Wheeling is home to approximately 38,000 residents. It is located just over 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.

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