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Posted on: October 12, 2016

Highland Park City Council Approves Increase of Minimum Age for Sale of Tobacco Products

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Effective January 1 individuals must be 21 years of age to purchase tobacco products in the City of Highland Park, IL

The Highland Park City Council approved an ordinance to increase the minimum age for the sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes at the October 10, 2016 regular meeting of the City Council. The ordinance restricts only the sale to persons under 21 years of age, but not the possession of these products by individuals between 18 and 21 years of age.

On September 26, 2016, at the meeting of the Committee of the Whole, Community The Anti-Drug (CTAD), with support from the Lake County Health Department, requested consideration to increase the age for the sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 years. Several communities, including Evanston and the City of Chicago, have enacted a similar ordinance.
“Smoking is a public health issue. This action is a step forward to help our youth and young adults avoid addiction to a harmful substance. Highland Park is proud to lead by example in this effort and we hope our neighboring communities and beyond will join us” stated Mayor Nancy Rotering. “We appreciate the partnership with area organizations as we work together to help our community live safe and healthier lives.”

“The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center commends the City of Highland Park for their leading efforts in prevention and public health,” said Lake County Health Department representative Lea Bacci. “Raising the minimum legal sales age of tobacco products to 21 is a profound step in helping to shape positive community norms surrounding youth substance use and decrease youth use of tobacco products, including Ecigarettes. Thank you for once again being a leader in Lake County and setting a positive example for other communities in Lake County to follow. For technical assistance on tobacco policy development please contact Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center's Tobacco Free Lake County program at 847.377.8090.”

“The City of Highland Park is a valued and integral partner in Community—The Anti-Drug coalition (CTAD). Together, we strive to build and sustain a safe and drug-free environment that empowers our youth to make healthy choices,” said Barbara de Nekker, Executive Director of Community – The Anti-Drug. “The passage of this ordinance is a beautiful example of how different sectors of the community—government, local retailers, law enforcement—can work together to do just that. CTAD thanks Mayor Rotering and the City Council for unanimously taking this step to protect and support our youth.”

Currently, the City of Highland Park has seventeen licensed tobacco venders. In addition to the restriction on age of the purchaser, employees selling tobacco products must also be at least 21 years of age. The effective date of the ordinance will be January 1, 2017 to allow the licensee’s time for implementation.

For more information about tobacco sales restrictions and regulations, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000 or contact Carolyn Hersch, Business Development Manager at 847.926.1027 or chersch@cityhpil.com.

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