A series of ordinance amendments that would raise the minimum purchasing age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 in Lake in the Hills will be up for approval during Thursday’s Village Board meeting.
The ordinance also would expand definitions of “tobacco products” to include electronic cigarettes, alternative nicotine products and liquid nicotine.
If approved, Lake in the Hills will be the first municipality in McHenry County to adopt a local ordinance raising the purchase age of tobacco and e-cigarette products to 21.
Village President Russ Ruzanski said he hopes the amendments may trigger other municipalities to join the Tobacco 21 movement.
Testimonials from village residents read during Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting showed support for the ordinance changes.
Although several trustees expressed support of the proposal during Tuesday’s meeting, trustee Bill Dustin said raising the purchasing age was overreaching.
Lake in the Hills has 13 businesses with tobacco licenses. The proposed ordinance will continue to allow employees age 18 or older to be able to sell tobacco products at a licensed premise.
Although the purchase age of these products would be raised, the minimum age for possession of tobacco products would remain at 18 because of concerns over enforcement.
On Tuesday, a bill raising the purchase age of tobacco and e-cigarette products statewide was approved in the House by an 82-31 vote and is scheduled for a third reading in the Senate on Thursday.
The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. at Lake in the Hills Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate.