Above / Vaping is among products considered an alternative to nicotine. (PN File Photo)
The Naperville Police Department conducted a round of tobacco/alternative nicotine product compliance checks on March 15 and 16, 2023. The compliance checks were performed at 76 Naperville businesses to determine if local retailers are complying with the minimum-age tobacco laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco/alternative nicotine products to persons under the age of 21.
The following (12) establishments failed to successfully pass the compliance check, resulting in City Ordinance citations for selling tobacco/alternative nicotine products to a person under the age of 21 years old:
Dr. Lungzzz, 2728 W. 75th St. #114
Food Plus, 351 E. Bailey Road
Mobil (Casey’s), 20 E. Ogden Avenue
Mobil, 1280 W. Ogden Avenue
SHO Mart, 1303 Plainfield-Naperville Road
Smoke O Vapor, 686 S. Route 59
Smoke XL, 1003A W. Ogden Avenue
Smokes N Vapes, 760 N. Route 59 #108
Smokers Choice, 803 E Ogden Avenue
Smoky Brothers, 2811 Patriots Lane #105
Speedway, 631 N. Route 59
U Smoke, 931 E. Ogden Av
With help from a grant awarded by the Illinois Department of Human Services Tobacco Enforcement Program, the Naperville Police Department educates local tobacco/alternative nicotine product retailers on minimum-age tobacco/nicotine product laws and the importance of verifying the age of customers before selling age-restrictive products. The retailers are given a retailer education packet and notified that compliance checks will occur in the near future.
Report submitted by Naperville Police Department, Public Information Office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
RELATED NEWS RELEASED March 23, 2023 / Illinois Senate Votes to Add E-Cigarettes to Smoke-Free Illinois Act. The measure prohibits e-cigarettes inside most public places, and is now headed to the House.
Kristina Hamilton, Illinois director of advocacy for the American Lung Association, issued the following statement in response to the Illinois Senate voting to pass SB 1561, introduced by Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest), which would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in nearly all indoor public places.
“After 15 years of smoke-free air in Illinois, SB1561 strengthens the Smoke-Free Illinois Act to also protect workers and all Illinoisans from the harmful toxins and carcinogens in secondhand electronic cigarette emissions.
“E-cigarettes are not harmless. The use of these products has skyrocketed in recent years with tobacco companies targeting teens and young people with enticing flavors. According to the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey more than 2.5 million young people in the U.S. use e-cigarettes, including nearly 20 percent of Illinois high schoolers.
The American Lung Association urges the House to quickly pass this legislation so that it can move on to the Governor for his signature and become law in Illinois.