Being concerned with the instances of underage smoking, the DeKalb Police Department performs tobacco compliance checks when possible. In recent years, enforcement has been stepped up. With grant monies disbursed through the Illinois Liquor Control Commission all city venues are checked multiple times throughout the year. The program called for DeKalb officers to visit with all tobacco licenses in the City of DeKalb.
The businesses were advised the police would be checking tobacco sales compliance. They were given a packet of information on how to prevent the sales to minors and explanations of the law. They were also given posters to hang up lettering customers know that the tobacco licenses would be checking identification for age before a tobacco sale. Using minors 15 to 17 years of age, the businesses were checked 3 times throughout the year to make sure they complied with laws prohibiting the sale of cigarettes to minors.