By: Angela Garrity
The Daily Herald reports that the city of St. Charles has raised its tobacco possession age to 21.
Illinois passed tobacco 21 earlier this year and the new state law goes into effect July 1st, but the city unanimously approved to increase the possession age to 21 on Monday to those inside of the St. Charles city limits.
The city's revised ordinance also requires employees selling tobacco and vape products to be at least 18 years old, and an employee 21 or older being present.
Anyone under 21 who is caught buying or possessing tobacco in St. Charles will be fined $100 or 15 hours of community restitution for their first offense; $250 or 30 hours for their second offense; and $500 or 100 hours for each subsequent offense.
City officials are working to inform business owners and employees of the state law and city ordinance changes. About 35 retailers in St. Charles have licenses to sell tobacco products.
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