Healthy Chicago - Chicago Department of Public Health

Make it harder for kids to start smoking

Report illegal cigarette sales in your community

Get a $100 reward

We All Pay The Price.

The transport, distribution and sale of untaxed cigarettes hurts local families and steals public funds from local businesses and communities.

The illegal sale of cigarettes in the city comes in the forms of improperly stamped packs sold at retail stores, individual cigarettes sold at stores and on the streets and the sale of cigarettes to minors under 18.

Illegal sales hurt our communities by making cigarettes more accessible and easily affordable, which adds to the devastation from disease and death in families. This is especially hard on our youth. Most life-long smokers before the age of 18 and most eventually die from tobacco-related diseases. Cheap, readily available and illegally sold cigarettes make it easier for our children to start-and harder to quit.


The Bottom Line

The sale of illegal cigarettes means your kids are at risk, honest businesses suffer and neighborhood families and businesses have to do without funds meant for everyone.


You Can Help:

Make it harder for kids to start smoking. Report illegal sales of:

  • Unstamped cigarette packs
  • Individual cigarette sales
  • Any sales to people under the age of 18

Report the illegal sale by filling out the form below. If your tip leads to a citation, you will receive a $100 reward.

Report illegal cigarette sales in your community below:

If you are reporting the illegal sale of cigarettes from a retail store, please submit information regarding the stores location within the first form below. If you are reporting the illegal sale of tobacco to minors, please fill out the second form with the location of the incident.

What the City is Doing To
Crack Down:

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease and death in Chicago and the nation. Since first taking office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a number of initiatives to help curtail smoking among Chicago's youth. This includes banning the sale of flavored-tobacco products, including menthol, near schools, raising city taxes on cigarettes and regulating e-cigarettes as traditional tobacco products. He has also directed the Chicago Department of Public Health to launch a number of public education campaigns on the dangers of tobacco use and encouraging Chicago residents looking to quit to call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 866-QUIT-YES.

Since then, Chicago has seen a significant decrease in the rates of youth smoking. According to a 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control, 10.7% of Chicago high school students reported smoking in the last 30 days. This is down from 13.6% in 2011 and is lower than both the Illinois and national averages.

Even still, there is more work to do to help ensure all our youth are tobacco free, including stopping illegal sales in our communities. We need your help to stamp out illegal cigarette sales for good.