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Evanston Tobacco Legislation

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Tobacco 21 Ordinance

Evanston Tobacco 21 111-O-14: Legal Tobacco Purchasing Age

Tobacco 21 Packet

  • It is unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, give away, or deliver tobacco or liquid nicotine products to any person under the age of 21 years.
  • Any person under the age of 21 cannot sell, purchase, or possess tobacco products.
  • Violations of this ordinance will result in a $200-$500 for each offense. Additionally, a licensee convicted of violating any provision may be subject to having his/her license revoked, suspended, or not renewed by the Health Director.

Clean Air Act

Evanston Clean Air Act--Smoking (Title 8 Chapter 21 Evanston City Code): CleanAirActthroughOrd38-O-08_000

Places where smoking is prohibited:

  • All business, including all restaurants, bars, and sidewalk cafes;
  • All public enclosed areas, all workplaces, all schools;
  • Beaches, playgrounds, and tot lots;
  • Public transit (buses, el, and Metra) stops and platforms;
  • All common areas in apartment buildings and condominiums and housing cooperatives; and 
  • Within 25 feet of any entrance to an enclosed area in which smoking is prohibited.

Smoking is not regulated in:

  • Private residences except when used as a licensed child care, adult care, or health care facilities, or home-based business open to public, "provided that smoke from these places do not infiltrated into areas where smoking is prohibited" in Evanston Clean Air Act--Smoking;
  • Up to 25% of hotel or motel sleeping rooms;
  • Retail tobacco stores; and 
  • Private clubs or lodges.

Violators of this law will face a fine of $100 to $500 for each day a violation occurs.

If you have question about the information above, please contact Erin Fisher, Public Health Educator with the City of Evanston Department of Health & Human Services at


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