Emanuel proposal would raise tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21

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CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to introduce an ordinance Wednesday that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, from 18 to 21, according to a statement released by the mayor’s office.

The statement notes that cities such as New York, Boston, Cleveland, Kansas City and Evanston have already made similar ordinances.

The city says the proposal is designed to help prevent young people from becoming addicted to nicotine at an early age.