Police juvenile bureau detectives conducting a tobacco compliance check operation at 33 Evanston merchants Thursday say they found two businesses in violation for selling tobacco to a person under the age of 21.

The businesses cited were the Davis Pantry, 927 Davis St., and Open Pantry, 821 Dempster St.


These operations are typically conducted three times a 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 underage purchaser is of age, the establishment is then cited for the underage sale.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Open Pantry at 821 Dempster

    Open Pantry at 821 Dempster had it’s window broken at 4am 02/18/17.  Hopefully the city will allow the EPD to reassign its resources to protect this merchant instead of testing him.  A bad week for my favorite neighborhood merchant.

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