Raising the minimum legal sales age of tobacco products from 18 to 21, or Tobacco 21, is a fast growing, nationally recognized youth tobacco prevention strategy. Almost all smokers begin smoking by age 21. By getting young people past that critical threshold for brain development and addiction, we can dramatically lower the number of people who start smoking and become addicted to smoking. This will lower smoking rates, prevent disease and save long-term health care costs. California, Hawaii, New Jersey, Maine and Oregon have enacted statewide Tobacco 21 laws.Sign Up for Action Alerts
Tobacco 21 Efforts in Illinois
Board members approve a change to Lake County’s tobacco ordinance increasing the legal sales age to 21 for the purchase of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in unincorporated areas of the county. The vote receives broad support amongst the 21-member board at their September 12, 2017 meeting. The change goes..Read More
Village trustees of Buffalo Grove vote 3-2 to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 at their August 21, 2017 meeting, making Buffalo Grove the 11th municipality in Illinois to adopt Tobacco 21. The ordinance takes effect in February 2018.
The Village of Berwyn adopts a Tobacco 21 ordinance at their July 25, 2017 meeting, raising the age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.
The Village of Vernon Hills votes unanimously to raise the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21 at its July 5, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting. The ordinance goes into effect on August 1, 2017.
With a unanimous decision, Lincolnshire trustees increase the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 after hearing from officials at the Lake County Health Department present their “Tobacco 21” initiative. The vote takes place at their June 12, 2017 meeting and the ordinance goes into effect immediately.
On May 2, 2017, the Maywood Board of Trustees, based on testimony by RHA and other members of the Proviso Partners for Health coalition, votes unanimously to raise the tobacco purchase age to 21, effective immediately. With strong support from Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H), a multi-sector coalition comprised of..Read More
The Village of Deerfield Board of Trustees approves an ordinance to raise the tobacco purchase age to 21. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2017.
RHA formalizes its organizational commitment to play an active role in legislative advocacy as a means of achieving the prevention and control of lung disease. Eventually RHA would play a significant role in many legislative advocacy efforts, including protection of federal and state clean air legislation and the passage of..Read More