Deerfield Raises Tobacco Age to 21 Setting ‘Positive Example’

The Village of Deerfield has raised the legal age for the purchase, sale and possession of tobacco products including electronic cigarettes to 21 from 18.

“We care deeply about our youth. Statistics have shown that the earlier one begins to smoke, the quicker and stronger the addiction,” said Mayor Harriet Rosenthal, adding, “We will do whatever we can to help our kids make healthy choice.”

Deerfield’s decision to raise the minimum age for tobacco use was lauded by Mark Pfister, executive director of Lake County Health Department, for “setting a positive example for other communities in Lake County to follow.”

Deerfield is the second community in the county and the sixth in Illinois to pass a Tobacco 21 Ordinance. The others are Highland Park, Evanston, Chicago, Oak Park and Naperville.

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