Evanston Police Department juvenile bureau detectives conducted a tobacco compliance check operation at 34 businesses in Evanston on Nov. 19, to ensure that tobacco is not being sold to individuals under the age of 21.    

Two businesses – the Walgreen’s at 900 Dodge Ave. and Shop Now Food and Grocery at 1942 Maple Ave. – were cited for violating the City ordinance governing tobacco sales.

Such operations are usually conducted twice each year to keep businesses in compliance with state and local ordinances that restrict the sale of products such as tobacco. State law prohibits sale to minors under 18 years of age, City of Evanston ordinance prohibits sales to individuals under the age of 21.  For this reason, individuals between the ages of 16-19 were used for the tobacco compliance operation, with parental consent if they were minors. These individuals enter the establishment under the supervision of law enforcement and attempt to make a purchase. If the establishment sells the age controlled product without checking the proper identification to verify the age of the would-be purchaser, the establishment is then cited for the sale.