Smokers younger than 21 will have to buy their tobacco someplace other than Lake County.
Joining a growing number of municipalities across the nation, the county in northern Illinois has raised the age at which one can buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21 from 18.
Chicago raised the age in 2016, and the city of Naperville has also considered the move, but Lake is the first county in the state to do so.
According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, other Illinois cities among the more than 260 localities nationwide raising the age to 21 include Evanston, Deerfield, Naperville and Oak Park. In Missouri, St. Louis City, St. Louis County and Columbia are among the 11.