Not one of Evanston’s 33 retailers failed a semi-annual check yesterday by Evanston police on selling tobacco products to under-age buyers.

Because the city ordinance prohibits sales of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21, detectives from the department’s juvenile bureau send teenagers between the ages of 16-19 to attempt to make a purchase, under police supervision.

If the establishment sells the age controlled product without checking the proper identification to verify the underage purchaser is of age, the establishment is then cited for the underage sale.  

The department, in a news release issued Wednesday, lauded Evanston merchants “for their diligence in properly verifying the age of individuals attempting to purchase tobacco products.”

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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