West Chicago joins several other suburban communities in raising the legal smoking age
West Chicago has joined several west suburban communities including Naperville, Mundelein, Highland Park, Evanston, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton in raising the tobacco sales age to 21. City officials voted Monday, June 4, 2018 to approve the measure, which will go into effect on July 1, 2018.
Revisions to West Chicago’s Tobacco Sales Ordinance were prompted following a presentation on “Tobacco 21” by Carolyn Serf of the American Heart Association and two West Chicago Community High School students who offered the following data in support of the change at the Public Affairs Committee meeting of April 23, 2018:
- Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death in the United States.
- Nicotine use during adolescence and young adulthood has long-term impacts on brain development.
- E-cigarettes and vaping have led more people to start a real smoking habit.
- Kids who vape are more likely to start smoking cigarettes.
- E-cigarettes have become the most commonly used tobacco product by young people in the United States.
The Illinois Senate is also moving toward making 21 the tobacco age a Statewide requirement.