Naperville Council Raises Required Age for Tobacco Sale

You’ll soon need to be a bit older to purchase tobacco in town. This after a vote taken at a recent city council meeting where members changed the current ordinance to only allow stores to sell tobacco products to those 21 and older, instead of the previous age of 18.

Some who voted for the change, like Councilman John Krummen, did so because of the negative health effects.

“These things kill people. I have a pack of cigarettes right here and on the warning label it literally says ‘causes lung cancer.’ How much more do we need? It’s not an ‘if’, ‘and,’ or ‘maybe’…it causes lung cancer,” said Councilman Krummen.

The new age restriction will take effect January first of 2017, though not all council members were on board with the change.

“We have enough respect  for these kids to go out and buy a gun and be in the military, or buy a house, raise a family, get married, we have all this trust in them at that age, but not for cigarettes,” said Councilman Paul Hinterlong.

The council also voted to set a similar age restriction for alternative nicotine products that will go into effect January first of 2018.

The penalty for selling tobacco to customers who are not 21 will be between $100 and $500.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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