Evanston Raising Age for Tobacco Purchases

Starting Saturday, reports the Chicago Sun Times, you’ll have to be 21 to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products in north suburban Evanston, Illinois. The Evanston City Council passed an ordinance Oct. 27 raising the minimum age to buy and sell tobacco, which was previously set at 18, the city said in a statement.“This is a major step toward decreasing young adult chronic tobacco use,” said Evonda Thomas-Smith, director of the Evanston Health and Human Services Department.