Possible Change in Naperville Tobacco Laws

Chicago has increased the purchasing age for tobacco from 18 to 21, and Naperville is considering doing the same with potential for age restrictions on possession and use as well.

After hearing from several public speakers with mixed feelings on the issues, the liquor commission felt the same.

“From a legislative point of view, if there’s anything that we can do to make it more difficult for people to make a bad decision, in my opinion, I think it’s a step forward for the health of our community and country,” said Liquor Commissioner Dr. James Ostrenga.

“My feeling is that we can’t legislate and substitute for good parenting, and there has to be some judgment made for the kids,” said Liquor Commissioner Marc Blackman.

They voted to direct staff to bring back different options with more data for further discussion.

Other business included a request from Ten Friends Blowdry and Style House. The salon will be coming to town in October and wants to create a new liquor license for salons to sell alcohol.

While most agreed they would support granting them a license, they weren’t sure whether to create a new class for salons or work them into a preexisting one.

They agreed to have staff draft some proposals and bring back at a future meeting.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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