On May 23, the Evanston Police Department juvenile bureau detectives conducted a tobacco compliance check operation at 34 merchants throughout the City to ensure that tobacco is not being sold to individuals under the age of 21, in accordance with City ordinance. No businesses were found to be in violation by selling tobacco to a person under the age of 21.
State law prohibits sale to minors under 18 years of age, and the City of Evanston ordinance prohibits sales to individuals under the age of 21. The Police Department used individuals between the ages of 16 and 19 for the operation, with parental consent for minors. These individuals enter the establishment under the supervision of law enforcement and attempt to make a purchase. Any establishment that sells the age-controlled product without checking the proper identification to verify the underage purchaser is of age would be cited for the underage sale.