Wednesday, April 26, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
The Maywood Board of Trustees may pass an ordinance that would raise the minimum age required to buy tobacco products in the village from 18 to 21 years old.
During an April 26 Legal, License and Ordinance Meeting (LLOC), the village board voted unanimously to move the measure to the next regular meeting on May 2 for final approval. Trustees Antonette Dorris and Ron Rivers were absent.
The proposed ordinance was introduced at the urging of Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley, who said that the measure would help deter the sale of tobacco products to minors and young adults, “which often leads to loitering concerns around retail tobacco establishments,” according to a village memo.
“Proviso East stands next to two gas stations and we found that 18 year olds capture [tobacco] products from those gas stations, bring them into school and sell them,” Talley said.
The village has a partnership with the health advocacy organization Proviso Partners 4 Health, which is affiliated with Loyola University. Representatives with PP4H have been advocating for a new ordinance as a public health measure.
Talley said that if the measure passes, then retail establishments who sell tobacco products to minors would face a range of penalties, including the revocation and suspension of their business licenses, that are similar to those for illegally selling alcohol.
Other municipalities that have raised the minimum age of tobacco sales to 21 years old include Oak Park, Chicago and Evanston.
The proposed ordinance in Maywood cites a range of statistics showing the negative public health effects of tobacco use, which “remains a leading cause of preventable premature death in the United States, killing nearly half-a-million Americans and costing the nation almost $200 billion in healthcare expenses and productivity each year.” VFP
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