During the December 12th Board Meeting, Commission Britton joined Commissioner Suffredin to introduce an ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to those under 21, which would go into effect on June 1, 2019.
Tobacco is the leading preventable risk factor of a number In Illinois alone, smoking kills more than 18,000 people every year. Passage of Tobacco 21, however, is expected to reduce teen tobacco use by 25% and cut adult smoking rates by 12%.
When it comes to raising the age of tobacco purchase to 21, there is robust support. Health advocacy groups, such as American Heart Association, hospital systems, as well as 62% of voters are all in favor of this change.