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CRIMINAL OFFENSES
(720 ILCS 675/) Prevention of Tobacco Use by Persons under 21 Years of Age and Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products Act.

720 ILCS 675/0.01

    (720 ILCS 675/0.01) (from Ch. 23, par. 2356.9)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Prevention of Tobacco Use by Persons under 21 Years of Age and Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products Act.
(Source: P.A. 101-2, eff. 7-1-19.)

720 ILCS 675/1

    (720 ILCS 675/1) (from Ch. 23, par. 2357)
    Sec. 1. Prohibition on sale of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products to persons under 21 years of age; prohibition on the distribution of tobacco product samples, electronic cigarette samples, and alternative nicotine product samples to any person; use of identification cards; vending machines; lunch wagons; out-of-package sales.
    (a) No person under 21 years of age shall buy any tobacco product, electronic cigarette, or alternative nicotine product. No person shall sell, buy for, distribute samples of or furnish any tobacco product, electronic cigarette, or any alternative nicotine product to any person under 21 years of age.
    (a-5) No person under 16 years of age may sell any tobacco product, electronic cigarette, or alternative nicotine product at a retail establishment selling tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or alternative nicotine products. This subsection does not apply to a sales clerk in a family-owned business which can prove that the sales clerk is in fact a son or daughter of the owner.
    (a-5.1) Before selling, offering for sale, giving, or furnishing a tobacco product, electronic cigarette, or alternative nicotine product to another person, the person selling, offering for sale, giving, or furnishing the tobacco product, electronic cigarette, or alternative nicotine product shall verify that the person is at least 21 years of age by:
        (1) examining from any person that appears to be
    
under 30 years of age a government-issued photographic identification that establishes the person to be 21 years of age or older; or
        (2) for sales of tobacco products, electronic
    
cigarettes, or alternative nicotine products made through the Internet or other remote sales methods, performing an age verification through an independent, third party age verification service that compares information available from public records to the personal information entered by the person during the ordering process that establishes the person is 21 years of age or older.
    (a-6) No person under 21 years of age in the furtherance or facilitation of obtaining any tobacco product, electronic cigarette, or alternative nicotine product shall display or use a false or forged identification card or transfer, alter, or deface an identification card.
    (a-7) (Blank).
    (a-8) A person shall not distribute without charge samples of any tobacco product to any other person, regardless of age, except for smokeless tobacco in an adult-only facility.
    This subsection (a-8) does not apply to the distribution of a tobacco product, electronic cigarette, or alternative nicotine product sample in any adult-only facility.
    (a-9) For the purpose of this Section:
        "Adult-only facility" means a facility or restricted
    
area (whether open-air or enclosed) where the operator ensures or has a reasonable basis to believe (such as by checking identification as required under State law, or by checking the identification of any person appearing to be under the age of 30) that no person under legal age is present. A facility or restricted area need not be permanently restricted to persons under 21 years of age to constitute an adult-only facility, provided that the operator ensures or has a reasonable basis to believe that no person under 21 years of age is present during the event or time period in question.
        "Alternative nicotine product" means a product or
    
device not consisting of or containing tobacco that provides for the ingestion into the body of nicotine, whether by chewing, smoking, absorbing, dissolving, inhaling, snorting, sniffing, or by any other means. "Alternative nicotine product" does not include: cigarettes as defined in Section 1 of the Cigarette Tax Act and tobacco products as defined in Section 10-5 of the Tobacco Products Tax Act of 1995; tobacco product and electronic cigarette as defined in this Section; or any product approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco cessation product, as a tobacco dependence product, or for other medical purposes, and is being marketed and sold solely for that approved purpose.
        "Electronic cigarette" means:
            (1) any device that employs a battery or other
        
mechanism to heat a solution or substance to produce a vapor or aerosol intended for inhalation;
            (2) any cartridge or container of a solution or
        
substance intended to be used with or in the device or to refill the device; or
            (3) any solution or substance, whether or not it
        
contains nicotine intended for use in the device.
        "Electronic cigarette" includes, but is not limited
    
to, any electronic nicotine delivery system, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, electronic hookah, vape pen, or similar product or device, and any components or parts that can be used to build the product or device. "Electronic cigarette" does not include: cigarettes as defined in Section 1 of the Cigarette Tax Act and tobacco products as defined in Section 10-5 of the Tobacco Products Tax Act of 1995; tobacco product and alternative nicotine product as defined in this Section; any product approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco cessation product, as a tobacco dependence product, or for other medical purposes, and is being marketed and sold solely for that approved purpose; any asthma inhaler prescribed by a physician for that condition and is being marketed and sold solely for that approved purpose; or any therapeutic product approved for use under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.
        "Lunch wagon" means a mobile vehicle designed and
    
constructed to transport food and from which food is sold to the general public.
        "Nicotine" means any form of the chemical nicotine,
    
including any salt or complex, regardless of whether the chemical is naturally or synthetically derived.
        "Tobacco product" means any product containing or
    
made from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, snuff, snus, and any other smokeless tobacco product which contains tobacco that is finely cut, ground, powdered, or leaf and intended to be placed in the oral cavity. "Tobacco product" includes any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product, whether or not sold separately. "Tobacco product" does not include: an electronic cigarette and alternative nicotine product as defined in this Section; or any product that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco cessation product, as a tobacco dependence product, or for other medical purposes, and is being marketed and sold solely for that approved purpose.
    (b) Tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products may be sold through a vending machine only if such tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products are not placed together with any non-tobacco product, other than matches, in the vending machine and the vending machine is in any of the following locations:
        (1) (Blank).
        (2) Places to which persons under 21 years of age are
    
not permitted access at any time.
        (3) Places where alcoholic beverages are sold and
    
consumed on the premises and vending machine operation is under the direct supervision of the owner or manager.
        (4) (Blank).
        (5) (Blank).
    (c) (Blank).
    (d) The sale or distribution by any person of a tobacco product as defined in this Section, including but not limited to a single or loose cigarette, that is not contained within a sealed container, pack, or package as provided by the manufacturer, which container, pack, or package bears the health warning required by federal law, is prohibited.
    (e) It is not a violation of this Act for a person under 21 years of age to purchase a tobacco product, electronic cigarette, or alternative nicotine product if the person under the age of 21 purchases or is given the tobacco product, electronic cigarette, or alternative nicotine product in any of its forms from a retail seller of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or alternative nicotine products or an employee of the retail seller pursuant to a plan or action to investigate, patrol, or otherwise conduct a "sting operation" or enforcement action against a retail seller of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or alternative nicotine products or a person employed by the retail seller of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or alternative nicotine products or on any premises authorized to sell tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or alternative nicotine products to determine if tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or alternative nicotine products are being sold or given to persons under 21 years of age if the "sting operation" or enforcement action is approved by, conducted by, or conducted on behalf of the Department of State Police, the county sheriff, a municipal police department, the Department of Revenue, the Department of Public Health, or a local health department. The results of any sting operation or enforcement action, including the name of the clerk, shall be provided to the retail seller within 7 business days.
(Source: P.A. 101-2, eff. 7-1-19.)

720 ILCS 675/1.5

    (720 ILCS 675/1.5)
    Sec. 1.5. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17. Repealed by P.A. 101-2, eff. 7-1-19.)

720 ILCS 675/2

    (720 ILCS 675/2) (from Ch. 23, par. 2358)
    Sec. 2. Penalties.
    (a) Any person who violates subsection (a), (a-5), (a-5.1), (a-8), (b), or (d) of Section 1 of this Act is guilty of a petty offense. For the first offense in a 24-month period, the person shall be fined $200 if his or her employer has a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws. For the second offense in a 24-month period, the person shall be fined $400 if his or her employer has a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws. For the third offense in a 24-month period, the person shall be fined $600 if his or her employer has a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws. For the fourth or subsequent offense in a 24-month period, the person shall be fined $800 if his or her employer has a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws. For the purposes of this subsection, the 24-month period shall begin with the person's first violation of the Act. The penalties in this subsection are in addition to any other penalties prescribed under the Cigarette Tax Act and the Tobacco Products Tax Act of 1995.
    (a-5) Any retailer who violates subsection (a), (a-5), (a-5.1), (a-8), (b), or (d) of Section 1 of this Act is guilty of a petty offense. For the first offense in a 24-month period, the retailer shall be fined $200 if it does not have a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws. For the second offense in a 24-month period, the retailer shall be fined $400 if it does not have a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws. For the third offense within a 24-month period, the retailer shall be fined $600 if it does not have a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws. For the fourth or subsequent offense in a 24-month period, the retailer shall be fined $800 if it does not have a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws. For the purposes of this subsection, the 24-month period shall begin with the person's first violation of the Act. The penalties in this subsection are in addition to any other penalties prescribed under the Cigarette Tax Act and the Tobacco Products Tax Act of 1995.
    (a-6) For the purpose of this Act, a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws must include at least the following elements: (i) it must explain that only individuals displaying valid identification demonstrating that they are 21 years of age or older shall be eligible to purchase tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or alternative nicotine products and (ii) it must explain where a clerk can check identification for a date of birth. The training may be conducted electronically. Each retailer that has a training program shall require each employee who completes the training program to sign a form attesting that the employee has received and completed tobacco training. The form shall be kept in the employee's file and may be used to provide proof of training.
    (b) (Blank). I If a person under 21 years of age violates subsection (a-6) of Section 1, he or she is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    (c) (Blank).
    (d) (Blank).
    (e) (Blank).
    (f) (Blank).
    (g) (Blank).
    (h) All moneys collected as fines for violations of subsection (a), (a-5), (a-5.1), (a-6), (a-8), (b), or (d) or (a-7) of Section 1 shall be distributed in the following manner:
        (1) one-half of each fine shall be distributed to the
    
unit of local government or other entity that successfully prosecuted the offender; and
        (2) one-half shall be remitted to the State to be
    
used for enforcing this Act.
    Any violation of subsection (a) or (a-5) of Section 1 shall be reported to the Department of Revenue within 7 business days.
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17; 101-2, eff. 7-1-19.)