Illinois Times - March 6, 2014
But simply banning smoking indoors isn't enough shield us from ... The
other proposes to ban smoking on any public college campus in Illinois.
Most adults agree smoking should be banned in cars with kids, according
to a study by the ...
Smoking Ban Ready for Final Il. Senate Vote
CIproud.com - March 5, 2014
A proposal to ban drivers from smoking with children in the car passed
its second reading and is ready for a possible final vote in the Illinois
banning smoking with children in car advances
KSDK - March 5, 2014
A proposal that would make it illegal for motorists to smoke in cars
with children is advancing in the Illinois legislature. The Springfield
bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the measure was approved
by a Senate panel on Tuesday.
banning smoking in cars with kids clears latest hurdle
The State Journal-Register - March 5, 2014
A bill that would make smoking in a car with a minor present a petty
offense is one step closer to becoming law.
on smoking in cars with kids moves forward in Illinois
STLtoday.com - March 5, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A proposal to ban drivers from smoking with children
in the ... The measure would make it a crime to smoke in an enclosed
vehicle while a ...
for ramped up enforcement of Smoke Free Illinois Act
Quincy Journal - March 4, 2014
Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said most businesses have complied but
some businesses are allowing their patrons to smoke
plan for a 'Smoke Free' Adams County
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA - March 4, 2014
Quincy and Adams County officials have a new plan to enforce the Smoke
Free Illinois Act. The Act has been in effect for more than six years
but officials say ...
bothersome to apartment-dwellers
Lake County News Sun - February 27, 2014
In May 2011, the Lake County Housing Authority prohibited smoking inside
its 600 ... of private apartment complexes to consider instituting an
indoor-smoking ban. ... For more information on efforts to expand smoking
bans to multi-family ...
Looking to Make College Campuses Smoke Free
WAND - February 27, 2014
Some want to make all college campuses smoke free, saying it'll make
campuses safer for non-smokers. Not only are businesses concerned about
needs to make campus smoke free
Northern Star Online - February 26, 2014
We non-smokers have suffered the headaches and discomfort the smell
of smoking brings, as well as other effects of second-hand smoking.
I support the state's ...
continues discussion on going smoke-free
Peoria Journal Star - February 25, 2014
PEORIA The Peoria Housing Authority is considering becoming the eighth
smoke-free housing authority in Illinois. At its regular meeting Monday
night, the PHA Board continued discussions on a potential policy preventing
smoking in its housing units.
Ill. University to ban most smoking
Kankakee Daily Journal - February 25, 2014
CARBONDALE Smokers at Southern Illinois University will only be able
to light up in a handful of places on the Carbondale campus starting
this summer, ...
to become smoke-free campus July 1
The Southern February 24, 2014
SIU will join the 1,182 smoke-free college campuses nationwide on July
1, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. The university will
add to a ...
barring smoking in all but a few spots
Centre Daily Times - February 24, 2014
CARBONDALE, Ill. Smokers at Southern Illinois University will only be
able to light up in a handful of places on the Carbondale campus starting
this summer. Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights says more than 1,100 college
campuses nationwide are smoke free.
Council protection of children hypocritical
The Columbia Chronicle - February 24, 2014
In the last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Council have implemented
many ordinances and programs under the guise of protecting Chicagos
children. Though the children are the justification, revenue and national
attention are the real motivators for these often-controversial pieces
of legislation. The city is not fooling taxpayers when they use emotionally
charged justifications, so the aldermen and Emanuel should be more transparent
about their agendas.
view: Individual rights
Jacksonville Journal Courier - February 24, 2014
But there is a danger, too, in the first reason for anti-tobacco legislation:
To force people to submit to government control over their personal
choices. This is accomplished by taking away options. Consider the extent
of the bans on public smoking. Government buildings were among the first
to prohibit smoking; when that didnt curtail it enough, public buildings
and facilities were added. Eventually, the government interjected itself
into private business, taking away the ability of a non-government venue
to decide whether it wanted to allow smoking and face the potential
backlash through the loss of non-smokers revenue.
County board moves e-cigarettes behind the counter
The Bugle - February 23, 2014
The Cook County Board voted to amend its smoking ordinance to include
electronic cigarettes on Feb. 19. Commissioner Jeff Tobolski sponsored
an amended ordinance that requires e-cigarettes to be stored securely
and prohibits their sale to minors. After the vote, Tobolski said they
come in all sorts of flavors bubblegum, cherry ... and they're being
placed near the candy in stores
react to possible campus smoking ban [VIDEO]
KFVS - February 21, 2014
Now, Southeast Missouri State University students are taking an online
survey to find out if the campus should eliminate smoking areas. The
current tobacco policy on SEMO's campus bans smoking except in ... At
least 1,130 colleges and universities have banned all smoking on campus,
according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
lawmakers want to ban smoking on public college campuses
Greenfield Daily Reporter - February 20, 2014
It would ban smoking on all properties belonging to state-supported
colleges and universities starting ... The University of Illinois also
bans smoking on campus.
Could Soon Be Banned in Cars With Kids in State of Illinois
Guardian Liberty Voice - February 20, 2014
However, if the bill that could soon be passed where smoking is banned
in cars ... of states enacting these bans, the most recent state to
ban smoking with kids in ...
trustees ban smoking in public parks
Lincolnwood Review-by Natalie Hayes - February 21, 2014
... that have enacted smoking bans in public parks, Lincolnwood Trustees
Feb. ... The main reasons for initiating the smoking ban, she said,
are the dangers of ... Smoking is already banned in the Proesel Park
Family Aquatic Center. Some of the 40 nearby local municipalities that
have ordinances banning smoking in parks, ...
marijuana dispensaries closer to pharmacies or liquor stores?
Chicago Sun-Times - February 20, 2014
Illinois has joined a worldwide movement toward making marijuana available
to ill people ... Experiments in legalizing recreational marijuana are
underway in ...
Could Soon Become The Next State To Ban Smoking In Cars ...
Chicago Defender - February 20, 2014
Another state could soon ban smokers from lighting up while in a car
carrying ... A vehicle could not be stopped solely as a result of violating
the ban, according ...
parks issue tabled in Granville
LaSalle News Tribune - February 20, 2014
GRANVILLE A proposal for eliminating smoking in Granville parks
was taken up at the village board meeting on Tuesday but remained unresolved.
County passes measure to fine stores that sell e-cigarettes to ...
Wilmette Life - February 20, 2014
In this photo illustration, a smoker puffs on an e-cigarette. E-cigarettes
are being touted as a safe alternative to traditional lighted tobacco
products. | AP Photo.
Tobolski celebrates ban on E-cigarettes to minors
Suburban Life Publications - February 19, 2014
E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that heat nicotine, additives
and water into vapor, which are then inhaled by the user, similar to
proposes making smoking in car with minor illegal
Herald & Review - February 19, 2014
SPRINGFIELD A state lawmaker wants to make smoking in a car with minors
a ... Children are especially vulnerable to secondhand smoke exposure
in small, ...
to handle medical marijuana at nursing home being mulled
Galva News - February 18, 2014
The Henry County Housing Authority's new interim director is Angela
Hathaway of Galva who has been with them for over 17 years. Hathaway
replaces Kate ...
hears testimony on smoking in cars with children
The State Journal-Register - February 18, 2014
Children riding in vehicles with adults who smoke are exposed to a smoke
concentration that is up to 60 times higher than that found in a smoky
tavern, an American Lung Association official said Tuesday.
Illinois residents concerned proposed ban on smoking inside vehicles
KMOV.com - February 18, 2014
(KMOV) -- A new type of proposed smoking ban in Illinois pits public
health against government regulation. Legislation proposed by State
Senator Ira Silverstein ...
Illinois University in Edwardsville decides to classify e ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - February 18, 2014
EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois Southern Illinois University's Edwardsville campus
has decided to put electronic cigarettes in the same category as regular
cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products.
bill would ban smoking with children in car
WGEM - February 18, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker wants to make it illegal
for motorists to smoke in cars with children. State Sen. Ira Silverstein
says second-hand ...
policy says e-cigarettes same as tobacco
The Southern - February 17, 2014
EDWARDSVILLE Southern Illinois University's Edwardsville campus has
decided to put electronic cigarettes in the same category as regular
cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products.
smoking law may not go far enough
Herald & Review (blog) - February 17, 2014
Senate Bill 2659 proposes to penalize drivers who smoke with minors
in a vehicle. The intent of the bill to protect our childrens health
--is good. But does this legislation really go far enough?
County commissioner seeks to outlaw electronic cigarettes
Oak Park Leaves - February 14, 2014
The amendment would also require that electronic cigarettes be sold
from behind ... E-cigarettes are continually being sold with new
flavors and what was once ...
County plan would put e-cigs behind counter
Chicago Tribune-by Hal Dardick - February 13, 2014
Sellers of electronic cigarettes in much of suburban Cook County would
have to move them behind the counter just like ordinary smokes under
new regulations ...
to fine minors buying, possessing e-cigarettes
Chicago Daily Herald - February 12, 2014
The Huntley village board Thursday night is expected to approve changes
to the village code restricting the sale of electronic cigarettes and
other alternative ...
smoke 'em if you've got 'em: Lincoln Park condo tower bans smoking
Crain's Chicago Business - February 11, 2014
If you're a smoker shopping for a condominium in Lincoln Park, don't
bother looking at 2626 N. Lakeview Ave. unless you plan to kick the
habit or light up outside. Residents of the 461-unit tower have banned
smoking there, even in private residences, the most restrictive smoking
ban yet for a Chicago condo association, according to the building's
board and Chicago-based law firm Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC, which advised
2626 N. Lakeview on its smoking ban.
made on Freeport public safety plan
Freeport Journal-Standard - February 11, 2014
Aldermen raised the majority of their questions Monday about the safer
neighborhoods goal, which involves tobacco licensing, street lights
and pole cameras and a K-9 program. The Police Department has implemented
a program for licensing of tobacco merchants in order to hold them accountable
for maintenance and operation of security cameras in their stores.
promotes campus-wide smoking ban
Vidette Online - February 11, 2014
The Student Government Association (SGA) originally passed the smoking
ban in fall of 2012, and it took effect on Jan. 1, 2013.
Prospect bans e-cigarettes for minors
Chicago Daily Herald - February 10, 2014
Mount Prospect officials this month enacted an ordinance barring the
sale of electronic smoking devices to minors and prohibiting their possession
by anyone under the age of 18. The village, however, did not ban adults
from using them inside bars and restaurants.
halting cigarette sales will not have much impact, experts say
Daily Northwestern - February 9, 2014
CVS Caremarks decision last week to halt its sale of tobacco products
will likely have little effect on local and individual smoking habits,
a Northwestern health expert said. CVS Caremark, the parent company
of CVS stores, announced Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes
and all other...
Nowlan: The argument for allowing e-cigarettes
Kankakee Daily Journal - February 8, 2014
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently pushed through his city council,
a prohibition of "smoking" electronic or e-cigarettes in any
public spaces that ban ...
Student Senate opposes punishable student code changes ...
Daily Illini - February 6, 2014
The Illinois Student Senate does not support any changes to the student
code regarding the smoking policy, specifically regarding any reprimand
or punishment ...
AFFAIRS: E-cigarettes a breath of fresh air?
MyWebTimes.com - February 6, 2014
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel recently pushed through his city council
a prohibition of smoking electronic or e-cigarettes in any
public spaces that ban ...
moves to penalize minors for electronic cigarette possession
Northwest Herald - February 6, 2014
HUNTLEY Teenagers caught with an electronic cigarette in Huntley
could now face up to $500 in fines, under an ordinance amendment that
Village Board ...
smoking ban takes effect
Prospectus - February 6, 2014
According to U of I's website on the smoking ban policy, there were
many reasons that ... The smoke-free campus committees also banned the
use of electronic ...
moving to initiate no smoking policy
Peoria Public Radio - February 5, 2014
The Peoria Housing Authority is partnering with another organization
to make some of its housing complexes smoke-free. The Hult Center for
Healthy Living is using a more than 130-thousand dollar grant from the
Centers for Disease Control to help various apartment sites in Peoria
and Tazewell Counties implement no smoking plans.
e-cigarette shop takes pride in helping customers quit smoking
Barrington Courier-Review - February 4, 2014
After electronic cigarettes helped Mike Jacobson kick a 32-year smoking
habit, he decided to open a business to help others do the same. Vapor
Works, which moved into Barringtons Market Square shopping center three
months ago, has already helped numerous area residents quit smoking,
the Wauconda resident said with pride.
Alton Telegraph - January 30, 2014
Craig Kitson has established 911 Vapor Inc. at 846 S. Main St., where
he sells electronic cigarettes, accessories and premium e-liquid, also
known as nicotine ...
aldermen vote to restrict e-cigarettes
Austin Weekly News - January 28, 2014
The landslide vote Jan. 15, by the Chicago City Council to crackdown
on the sale and use of electronic cigarettes included the support of
all three aldermen representing Austin.
cigarettes now banned from indoor use on campus
The Alestle - January 27, 2014
Electronic cigarette smoking is now banned indoors on the SIUE campus,
according to a presentation by Director of Human Resources Sherrie Senkfor
at Student Governments first meeting of the semester. The SIUE smoking
policy now treats e-cigarettes like cigarettes, pipes, cigars, hookahs,
water pipes and other instruments, banning their use inside and within
15 feet of building entrances. Prior to this policy update, e-cigarettes
were not explicitly banned.
Shop Owners Say Indoor Ban Hampers Business Plans
DNAinfo - January 27, 2014
WICKER PARK A ban on using electronic or e-cigarettes indoors has hampered
plans for the owners of "vape" lounges, who say they would
not have signed leases if they knew the city was going to restrict the
use of the products inside of the shops that sell them.
Illinois Law Would Make It Illegal To Smoke With Kids In Car
whnt.com - January 27, 2014
Second-hand smoke has serious health effects, and Illinois already restricts
smoking indoors, said Silverstein. This protects children from prolonged,
oppose punishable smoking ban student code changes
Daily Illini - January 27, 2014
As the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs prepares to
update the University student code, Illinois student senators Rachel
Heller, junior in LAS, and Kevin Seymour, graduate student, submitted
a resolution, which opposes any changes to the student code that would
allow the University to reprimand students for smoking...
Casino Revenue Down
Alton Daily News - January 26, 2014
State casino revenue is down, and experts think they know why. State
gaming ... Casino owners say the smoking ban is also causing business
to suffer. Casino ...
restrictions a prudent move for public health
The Depaulia - January 26, 2014
In recent discussions on the indoor and public bans of e-cigarettes
in the city of Chicago, a controversial issue has been whether or not
these regulations should classify e-cigarettes similarly to traditional
cigarettes. It has become common today to label e-cigarettes as a safe
way to smoke; they have the ability to help people end their addiction,
and water vapor rather than smoke is released into the air. Many people
assume that these e-cigarette bans must have something to do with the
government being able to tax e-cigarettes at a higher rate, though common
sense shifts the controversy somewhere else. The true effects of e-cigarettes
on people need to be examined before blindly criticizing these bans.
However, when conducting a search on the effects of e-cigarettes and
the vapor they emit into the air, the results are somewhat nonexistent.
medical leaders wary of electronic cigarettes
Freeport Journal-Standard - January 26, 2014
FREEPORT - Users of electronic cigarettes might get burned by more groups
barring their use in public places as concerns grow about the long-term
health effects. However, it's a "definite possibly" that authorities
will add e-cigarettes to their regular alcohol and tobacco compliance
checks to ensure that businesses are not selling the devices to minors.
Rockford and SwedishAmerican health systems ban e-cigarettes on their
properties as part of their smoke-free campus policies.
e-cigarettes on campus
Vidette Online - January 26, 2014
At this time last year, students were beginning to adjust to the newly
instituted tobacco policy on campus which limited where smoking could
take place. Now that the policy has been in effect for a year, it appears
as though it was for the best the campus is cleaner, which was one of
the main goals aside from limiting secondhand smoke. However, ISU was
not the first university to enforce a policy such as this one, and recently,
other universities are already considering modifications to their own
set policies to include e-cigarettes. The rise of electronic cigarettes
creates a problem for tobacco policies because these instruments are
designed to give the user a rush of nicotine (usually flavored), through
heated water vapor, not tobacco. In fact, according to a Huffington
Post article, Ohio State University recently included e-cigarettes in
its tobacco policy, which bans the products from campus
Page: E-cigarette users need love, too
Beloit Daily News - January 25, 2014
AS A recovering nicotine addict, the rising tide of local bans against
puffing in public on electronic cigarettes makes me wonder what the
lawmakers have been smoking. By an overwhelming 45-4, Chicagos City
Council has voted to follow New York, Los Angeles and other cities that
have passed or are considering limits on e-cigarettes that banish their
use in restaurants, bars and most other indoor public places.
proposes ban on smoking in cars with kids
Jacksonville Journal Courier - January 24, 2014
An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would make it illegal
to smoke in a car while a child is present. This protects children from
prolonged, enclosed exposure to smoke in an even ... Maine and Oregon,
as well as Puerto Rico have banned smoking in cars ...
area reacts to possible smoking ban, limiting lighting up in cars
WREX-TV - January 23, 2014
ROCKFORD (WREX) - A proposed Illinois law smokes out people who might
be putting kids at risk. If approved, legislation limits when you can
light up on the road. We ask residents all over Rockford for their take
on the possible ban. Supporters say this also keeps a child from second-hand
smoke exposure in an enclosed space with low ventilation. But, this
proposed law drives the health ...
lawmaker wants ban on smoking in cars with kids
WREX-TV - January 23, 2014
Six other states currently have similar bans. A resolution passed in
Illinois last year encouraged people against the practice, but didn't
ban it outright.
ban considered for drivers with child passengers
Quad City Times - January 23, 2014
SPRINGFIELD Illinois drivers who smoke while kids are in their car could
get slapped with fines under a proposal pending in the Illinois Senate.
The measure ...
smoking ban in effect but still unclear
Daily Illini - January 23, 2014
The new year rang in several new Illinois laws and a new controversial
smoking ban at the University, which adopted policy following a growing
national trend to eliminate any potential risks associated with secondhand
smoke. The ban prohibits the burning of any tobacco products, including
e-cigarettes, on campus-owned or leased property, which is somewhat
broken and scattered across many blocks between University Avenue and
the South Farms, as well as between Neil and Race streets. The map issued
by the University that shows the reach of the smoking ban depicts ...
By categorically banning all smoking on campus and by placing several
Hills may seek exception to smoking ban for summer festival
Chicago Daily Herald - January 23, 2014
Vernon Hills officials will seek an exception from a recently enacted
smoking ban to give visitors to its annual Summer Celebration festival
in Century Park a place to puff. Whether the Vernon Hills Park District
will yield remains to be seen, as the ban on tobacco products on park
property was enacted this past November. ...
free housing promoted in Blo-No
Vidette Online - January 21, 2014
McLean County Health department is encouraging landlords in Bloomington-Normal
to implement a smoke-free policy in their multi-unit housing and properties....
Debate in IL
cbs4qc.com - January 20, 2014
A state wide debate has begun in Illinois as more people are starting
to turn to ecigarettes. Many are unhappy with Chicago officials decision
to ban the vaporizers everywhere traditional cigarettes are banned.
"That should be a choice that is made by me or a bar or a restaurant.
It's not a tobacco product. There is no tobacco in it," said store
owner Niki Castleton. While they don't contain tobacco, they do have
council to vote on 1-year moratorium on medical ...
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier - January 21, 2014
1 to make it legal for prescription use, production and sale of medical
marijuana, providing for the licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries
and cultivation ...
council to vote on medical marijuana exploratory measure
Daily Eastern News - January 20, 2014
The Charleston City Council will review an ordinance Tuesday to establish
a one-year moratorium, prohibiting the use of medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Illinois state legislature's bill that legalized medical marijuana
went into effect Jan. 1. However, it will not be available for sale
until later in 2014 as state ...
going overboard in ban of e-cigarettes
Chicago Tribune-by Clarence Page - January 19, 2014
As a recovering nicotine addict, the rising tide of local bans against
puffing in ... By duplicating the rituals of smoking, the devices are
designed to help wean ...
of the People, Jan. 18
Chicago Tribune - January 18, 2014
According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, use of e-cigarettes
among middle- and high-school students doubled from 2011 to 2012. E-cigarettes
are also ...
E-Cigarette Ban: Second Major City Adds E-Cigs To Public ...
Huffington Post - January 15, 2014
New York City previously added e-cigarettes to their public smoking
ban last month, ... E-cigarette bans, meanwhile, have also been a topic
of consideration for ...
Council To Weigh Indoor Ban On E-Cigarettes
CBS Local - January 15, 2014
Smoking also is banned anywhere within 15 feet of a building entrance.
... Pat Quinn signed legislation banning the sale of e-cigarettes to
anyone under the age ...
The smoke behind e-cigarettes
Chicago Tribune - January 15, 2014
Electronic cigarettes are designed to look, feel and taste like cigarettes
and are being aggressively promoted as a safe alternative to smoking
cigarettes that ...
E-cig debate going off the rails
Chicago Tribune - January 15, 2014
Consequently they think that e-cigs should fall under the same rules
and restrictions. But they are not the same. E-cigarettes do not involve
the exhalation of ...
Town that Billy Sunday Could Maybe Shut Down
National Review Online (blog) - January 14, 2014
Over at Reason, Jacob Sullum notes that Chicago now looks as if it
is set to follow the lethal example set by New York City and ban the
use of e-cigarettes in ...
Bans Vaping in Public; Senators Want It Banned at Award ...
Reason (blog)-by Jacob Sullum - January 15, 2014
I suppose vaping "could be" a gateway to smoking, in the
sense that it is not logically impossible. But there is no evidence
anything like that is ...
ask to be allowed to run pot dispensaries
Chicago Tribune-by Robert McCoppin - January 15, 2014
Pharmacist Joseph Friedman has a dream to open his own medical marijuana
dispensary in Illinois. Who better to oversee the recently legalized
sale of ...
to ban indoor e-cigarette smoking
Chicago Tribune - January 14, 2014
Electronic cigarette smokers are a step closer to having to stand next
to regular cigarette smokers outside Chicago restaurants, bars and other
The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) - January 14, 2014
Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, suggested the City Council adopt the part
of the city e-cigarettes ordinance that regulates sales while putting
off a vote on the portion ...
panel agrees to ban e-cigarettes where smoking is prohibited
Chicago Sun-Times - January 13, 2014
Chicago would ban e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, move
them behind the counter and snuff out sales to ... voted 15-to-5 to
regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products subject to Chicago's
smoking ban. ... We're not banning it..
cigarettes to see new set of regulations
Peoria Journal Star - January 8, 2014
...The percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who
use electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, more than doubled from 2011
to 2012, she said....
The buzz about e-cigarettes
Should they be banned in public?
Chicago Tribune - January 6, 2014
Cigarettes are awful for your health. That's undisputed. But the debate
over the electronic alternative known as e-cigarettes is just lighting
up. Mayor Rahm Emanuel supports a ban on the use of e-cigarettes wherever
smoking is prohibited, but the City Council has shown little enthusiasm
for that. ...
you need to know: Smoking ban in effect
Daily Illini - January 1, 2014
Smoking is prohibited on all University property, including on University-owned
streets and in University-owned and private vehicles parked on campus
law bans e-cigarette sales to minors
Suburban Life Publications - December 30, 2013
With the turning of the calendar to 2014, so comes a myriad of new state
laws, including one that will ban the sale of alternative nicotine products,
such as electronic cigarettes, to those under the age of 18. Within
the Village of Barrington, it will be against village ordinance to sell
to and/or possess the products by minors, Barrington Chief of Police
David Dorn said. This ordinance will go into effect on Jan. 1, as well.
Minors found in possession of these products may be cited. If they are
cited, they will receive a court date which will include a fine and/or
community service. ...
City of Big Shoulders: Chicago stands up to Big Tobacco in a ...
San Francisco Bay View - December 28, 2013
The city of Chicago made history when it passed tobacco control legislation
in mid-December that will regulate where menthol and other flavored
tobacco products can be sold. Their bold ordinance will create a flavored
tobacco buffer zone and prohibit the sale of menthol and other flavored
tobacco products within 500 feet of Chicago schools. ...
discusses tobacco-free, gun-free zones
LaSalle News Tribune - December 19, 2013
Regarding smoking, the village is taking the lead in tobacco-free parks
effort following the theme, Play hard, breathe easy. Becky Piano, public
health educator ...
Tobacco, Stay Away From Our Schools!
Huffington Post (blog) - December 17, 2013
To protect our children, the Chicago City Council passed a new proposal
that restricts the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol-flavored
cigarettes, within 500 feet of a school. As part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's
campaign to curb youth smoking, the new ordinance is good news for our
children as it prevents Big Tobacco from enticing and capturing children
in the very places they should be nurtured and cared for -- school zones.
light touch on UI smoke ban
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette - December 17, 2013
Perhaps that's why University of Illinois officials are preparing a
grand strategy to enforce their ill-advised impending campus ban on
smoking. Current policy bans smoking inside public buildings and within
25 feet of a ... As for the claim that banning smoking on campus is
aimed at reducing a ... Like the smoking of real cigarettes, the smoking
of e-cigarettes also is banned on campus.
Prospect considers e-cigarettes ban for minors
Chicago Daily Herald - December 16, 2013
A state law prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors
goes into effect Jan. 1. Mount Prospect, however, is entertaining the
possibility of a local ordinance that goes a step further by also outlawing
their possession by those under 18.
of Illinois smoking ban takes effect in January
AP - Kansas City Star December 16, 2013
The University of Illinois is preparing to go smoke-free when the state's
flagship campus bans smoking starting Jan. 1.
policy on UI campus takes effect Jan. 1
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette December 15, 2013
The entire UI campus indoors and out is going smoke-free Jan. 1. And
that means no more smoking at tailgates. Or in your car or anywhere
else on UI property. It also bans e-cigarettes, which emit water vapor
rather than smoke. They're used by some smokers to try to quit, with
gradually reduced nicotine levels. The American College Health Association
has urged campuses to adopt stricter policies in 2009, and in 2012 the
Department of Health and Human Services partnered with the American
Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation to launch a Tobacco-Free College Campus
Initiative. More than 1,100 college campuses are now smoke-free, or
about 25 percent, according to the foundation.
restrictions on other campuses
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette - December 15, 2013
The University of Illinois will be the third Big Ten school to go 100
percent smoke-free, indoors and out. Others in the Big Ten have partial
bans, and some ban all forms of tobacco: Sources: University of Illinois,
Big Ten universities, American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, Illinois
public universities, Illinois Department of Public Health
Grove adding 25 cent per-pack cigarette tax
Morton Grove Champion - December 12, 2013
Morton Grove officials are hoping to generate approximately $25,000
with a newly-approved 25-cent tax on packs of cigarettes. Trustees unanimously
approved the proposal on Dec. 9 after Finance Director Remy Navarrete
suggested mimicking Evanstons long-standing tax.
considers use of e-cigarettes on campus
The Alestle - December 10, 2013
No conclusive statement has been made as to whether electronic cigarettes
will be allowed everywhere on campus or be bound to normal smoking areas
e-cigarette ban would protect kids, Emanuel says
Chicago Sun-Times - December 10, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday tried to salvage his plan to ban e-cigarettes
wherever smoking is prohibited and snuff out sales to minors by framing
it as a battle to protect Chicagos children.
E-Cigarette Ban Could Get Snuffed Out By Surprising City Council Pushback
to Rahms Plan
Huffington Post - December 10, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to heavily regulate e-cigarettes in Chicago
was blown off course after surprising pushback from aldermen in the
normally compliant City Council. The City Council's Finance and Health
committees agreed to a stricter ban on selling menthol and flavored
tobacco products within 500 feet of Chicago schools ...
e-cigarette regulations stall
Chicago Tribune - December 9, 2013
A measure to regulate increasingly popular electronic cigarettes in
Chicago in the same way as tobacco products ran into City Council opposition
and went nowhere Monday despite the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and
a powerful alderman. A mayoral plan to push menthol cigarette sales
farther away from Chicago schools got a preliminary aldermanic endorsement,
students really support a smoke-free campus?
Daily Illini - December 5, 2013
In September 2011, former student trustee Hannah Ehrenberg was the first
to light up the conversation about and pursue the idea of a smoke-free
campus. But now, nearly two years later, this idea is about to become
reality. And not without doubts.
University braces for smoke-free campus Jan. 1
The Daily Illini (U. of Illinois) - December 4, 2013
What began as a referendum to gauge students views on a potential
campus-wide smoking ban in 2011 will come to fruition on Jan. 1. At
the time, 70 percent of students who voted on the referendum were in
favor of a smoke-free campus
. Just a year later, the Smoke-Free
Ad Hoc Committee formed by Chancellor Phyllis ... According to the American
Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, in the United ...
Hills Park District extends smoking ban
Lake County News-Sun - December 3, 2013
The Vernon Hills Park District has extended a smoking ban that now prohibits
... had embraced outdoor bans, although golf courses were exempt in
to investigate possible e-cigarette policy
The Alestle - December 2, 2013
The SIUE Chancellors Council will meet in the next few weeks to look
at developing an electronic cigarette policy.
site to become tobacco-free
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier November 27, 2013
MATTOON LifeLinks Mental Health will join the growing list of
behavioral health and healthcare providers to adopt a tobacco-free campus
policy, effective Jan ...
could add e-cigarettes to city smoking ban
Kankakee (IL) Journal - November 25, 2013
Users of electronic cigarettes could soon find themselves subject to
Chicago's smoking ban as the city tries to limit the use of the battery-powered
nicotine vapor inhalers, which have become popular among minors and
spark call for study, regulation
Chicago Tribune November 15, 2013
Jay Altman smoked cigarettes for 25 years before deciding a few months
ago that for the sake of his wallet and his health, a change was in
order. Three states North Dakota, New Jersey and Utah already include
e-cigarettes in their smoking bans, and about 100 cities and counties
nationwide have taken similar steps, according to the American Nonsmokers'
joins more than 100 cities, counties banning e-cigarettes in public
Daily Northwestern - November 14, 2013
After weeks of heated debate and emotional appeals, Evanston last month
joined more than 100 other cities and counties that have banned electronic
cigarettes in all public areas where other smoking products are prohibited.
City Council on Oct. 28 approved an amendment to the Evanston Clean
Air Act As of Oct. 1, only 100 local laws existed restricting e-cigarette
use in public areas, according to a report by the American Nonsmokers
Rights Foundation. Two states New Jersey and North Dakota have put similar
measures into effect.
Mulls Passing Highest Cigarette Tax in Nation
NBC Chicago (blog) - November 14, 2013
The Chicago City Council held a hearing Wednesday on a cigarette tax
that will ... Tobacco sales add up to 40 percent of the stores' total
revenue. ... tax, worried that Chicagoans will go outside of Illinois
to buy cigarettes, and other goods.
who gets burned by Chicago's cigarette tax
Crain's Chicago Business - November 13, 2013
The 110 percent tax increase on a pack of cigarettes recently proposed
by Mayor Rahm Emanuel will result in a combined federal-state-county-city
tax rate of $7.42 a pack the highest in the nation. This additional
75-cent-per-pack tax could increase cigarette pack prices to more than
$12 per pack.
cracks down on electronic cigarettes for minors
Mundelein Review - November 13, 2013
Concerned by the rising use of electronic cigarettes among kids, Mundelein
officials have banned the sale of the devices to anyone younger than
Brook adopts e-cigarette ordinance
The Doings Oak Brook - November 13, 2013
The coming state law will prohibit the distribution or sale of alternative
nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes, to anyone under
age 18. Oak Brook's ...
Ill. Sheriff Allows E-Cigarettes For Inmates
CBS Local - November 13, 2013
While traditional cigarettes are banned, Sheriff Doug Meier began allowing
electronic cigarettes in the jail two months ago. Inmates can buy electronic
debate cigarette tax
WGNtv.com - November 13, 2013
Mayor Emanuel wants to raise the tax by 75 cents as a way to fill the
city's roughly ... If the city council approves the increase, it will
mean a pack of cigarettes will ...
Ban Considered at UIS
WICS-TV - November 12 2013
Right now, students and staff at UIS can smoke in designated smoking
areas. ... "I wouldn't ban smoking completely on campus, 'cause
it's not right," UIS Food ...
restricts electronic cigarette sales
Chicago Daily Herald - November 11, 2013
Effective Tuesday, you have to be 18 or older to buy electronic cigarettes
in Mundelein. Village trustees on Monday added rules for the vapor-creating
devices to a local, tobacco-related ordinance.
In Jails Catching On
MyStateline.com - November 11, 2013
SPRINGFIELD - E-cigarettes are becoming a popular alternative to traditional
tobacco products. Two southern Illinois county jails are now letting
inmates use ...
Aldermen: Emanuel's cigarette tax will expand black market
WLS - November 7, 2013
One of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's tax hikes is getting some attention at City
Hall today, and it has produced a goofy-sounding theory. Some of the
aldermen think the mayors 75-cent-a-pack cigarette tax hike will just
expand the dollar-a-cigarette black market.
Details Impact of Chicago's Proposed Cigarette Tax increase
NACS Online - November 7, 2013
He said that a cigarette tax hike would have unintended consequences
to both ... our front door from customers patronizing 7-Eleven to purchase
cigarettes, he said. ... As a result, with cigarette customers shopping
elsewhere for tobacco, ...
10 years of smoke-free Wilmette
Wilmette Life - November 6, 2013
Ten years ago this month our organization helped secure passage of the
smoke-free Wilmette ordinance, the first 100 percent smoke-free law
passed in Illinois.
health chief defends Emanuel cigarette tax hike
Chicago Tribune - November 5, 2013
The city's top health official today said Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal
to increase the tax on a pack of smokes by 75 cents would prevent children
from smoking, make adults quit and save lives.
in city cigarette tax will cut smoking, save lives, health chief says
Chicago Sun-Times - November 5, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuels controversial plan to raise the citys cigarette
tax by 75-cents-a-pack will persuade 5,500 adults to quit smoking and
6,400 kids not to take their first puff, a top mayoral aide claimed
Tuesday. Health Commissioner Dr. Bechara Choucair went on the offensive
for the most controversial element of Emanuels 2014 budget, armed with
what he called an independent analysis conducted by the Campaign for
Adds E-Cigarettes to Clean Air Act
Patch.com - November 5, 2013
The city council voted 8-1 to include electronic cigarettes in the citys
clean air act, banning them in all areas designated smoke-free.
city budget hinges on luxury tax
The Columbia Chronicle - November 4, 2013
In an effort to reduce city debt, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for stiff
fee hikes in his proposed 2014 city budget, which is now under consideration
by the City Council.
students voice concern over proposed cigarette tax hike
The Depaulia - November 3, 2013
A new proposal could make Chicago number one in yet another category.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a 75-cent increase on cigarette tax, which
would make Chicagos total cigarette tax the highest in the nation. This
will be the second hike in a little over a year following state and
country increases. As a smoke free environment, DePaul prohibits smoking
within any university building and within 15 feet of any entrance. This
does not prevent the areas outside the DePaul Center and Schmidt Academic
Center from being prime smoking spots. Further enforcement of the rule
would create a strain for students who need a smoke break before class.
e-cigarettes spotted in La Grange, Western Springs
The Doings La Grange - November 2, 2013
La Grange Police Chief Michael Holub said there aren't any state laws
governing electronic cigarettes. Illinois statutes cover smoking using
burning materials, ...
Illinois Jails Approve Electronic Cigarettes
NBC Chicago - October 31, 2013
Two county jails in southern Illinois are allowing inmates to use electronic
cigarettes, and other counties are considering it.
sold to inmates in Illinois county jails to raise money
Examiner.com October 31, 2013
Electronic cigarettes are now allowed in two southern Illinois county
jails while other county jails in the state are considering the measure,
according to an NBC ...
Illinois jails allow e-cigarettes
WREX-TV - October 31, 2013
White and Saline counties in southern Illinois are allowing the inmates
in their respective jails to use electronic cigarettes. Officials in
Franklin, Wabash, and ...
Emanuel's Plan to Hike City's Tax on Cigarettes by 75 Cents per Pack
French Tribune - October 31, 2013
The mayor revealed a plan this year to increase the city's tax on cigarettes
by ... the highest in the nation and increased the cigarette prices
of a pack to about $12. ... nearly one-fourth of their income on tobacco
products while those earning an ...
County housing to go smoke-free
The Southern - October 31, 2013
Housing authorities got word from HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development) strongly encouraging them to become smoke-free. Franklin
jail trials, e-cigarettes unlikely to get blessing from DOC
Herald & Review - October 30, 2013
Gary Tyner said a distributor recently made a pitch to supply e-cigarettes
and left some ... The expansion of e-cigarettes into county jails comes
just months after ...
bans electronic cigarette use in public spaces
Daily Northwestern - October 29, 2013
Evanston aldermen Monday night voted to prohibit electronic cigarette
use in public spaces, despite a personal plea from one of their own
against the restriction. After weeks of heated deliberation, City Council
approved an amendment to Evanston's tobacco ordinance, adding electronic
cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to the ...
cigarette tax, police overtime draw council queries
Chicago Tribune - October 28, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2014 budget plan faced little push-back during
the first day of City Council hearings Monday, though some aldermen
did question a proposed 75-cent cigarette tax increase and a plan to
spend more than $70 million on police overtime.
Aldermen's Concerns, Mayor Sticking To Plan For Higher ...
CBS2 Chicago - October 28, 2013
Some also have said a higher cigarette tax would spur more black market
sales. ... county and local tax on cigarettes is $6.67 per pack; just
behind New York, ...
on electronic cigarettes still in formative stages
Norridge Harwood Heights News - October 28, 2013
Businesses in Harwood Heights and Norridge are reluctant to comment
about the use of electronic cigarettes, because they have not had many
customers use e-cigarettes. Owners indicated the few times somebody
had used an e-cigarette, nobody has complained.
owners oppose ban of electronic cigarettes
Daily Northwestern - October 28, 2013
Evanston City Council is weighing a proposed ban on electronic cigarettes,
commonly referred to as e-cigarettes. The council will vote on the issue
Park business owners see increase in electronic cigarette ...
Franklin Park Herald - October 27, 2013
Local bar owners are starting to see customers use electronic cigarettes
in their businesses. ... Guerin's not a fan but does allow electronic
cigarettes in his bar. ...
on electronic cigarettes still in formative stages
The Doings Hinsdale - October 25, 2013
Paul Belluomini said he has seen only one or two customers smoking an
e-cigarette inside his place and has no rules against it. The owner
of Belluominis Grill, at 55th and Madison streets said theres no confusion
as they clearly are not regular cigarettes.
Authority moves toward no-smoking environment
Benton Evening News - October 25, 2013
The Franklin County Housing Authority board has voted to implement a
gradual move that will one day result in smoke free facilities. The
federal agency that oversees local housing authorities, is the Deptartment
of Housing and Urban Renewa andHUD has strongly urged housing boards
across the nation to become smoke free. At their most recent board meeting,
a plan was adopted to implement that gradual progression.
rules apply to electronic cigarettes
The Doings Weekly - October 23, 2013
BURR RIDGE Craig Rzepka has gotten a few dirty looks while using his
electronic cigarette. That is, he said, until the complainant realizes
the vapor hes exhaling smells more like dessert than cigarette smoke
Individual businesses are free to set their own rules regarding the
use of e-cigarettes, but there is little public policy regarding their
use. Marc Loftus, deputy police chief in Burr Ridge, said there is no
local ordinance regarding the devices. We could not cite someone for
using one, Loftus said. He said a revised ordinance would be needed
to do so, and that could not be done without reason. Even the DuPage
County courthouse has no formal policy regarding the use of e-cigarettes.
John Lapinski, DuPage County Court administrator, said there has been
only one incident he can remember, where a prospective juror lit up.
Musings: No video gambling, so how about e-cigarettes in ...
Peoria Journal Star (blog) - October 23, 2013
Ben Rediger has an idea he thinks will help Morton bar owners who are
struggling financially because they can't offer video gambling. Responding
via email to ...
OK with Emanuel's push against menthol smoking, as long ...
Medill Reports: Chicago - October 23, 2013
Menthol cigarettes like the Newport brand are appealing to young smokers
... We don't want to criminalize kids carrying tobacco products
and take them into our ... for more than 20 percent of all cigarette
sales, were not included in the ban.
Cigarette Sales Banned For Minors
WSIL TV - October 21, 2013
WILLIAMSON CO. -- Beginning next year, electronic cigarette sales to
minors in Illinois will not be allowed. Lawmakers and health officials
say the ban is needed ...
plans to boost city cigarette tax
Chicago Tribune - October 20, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to propose increasing the city cigarette tax
by 75 cents per pack to help plug a budget gap and provide more free
vision care for low-income Chicago Public Schools students, a City Hall
source said Saturday. ...
cigarette tax would give city highest rate in nation
Chicago Sun-Times - October 19, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to raise the cigarette tax by 75 cents a pack
leaving Chicago with a combined state and local tax rate of $7.42
a pack, the highest in the nation, City Hall sources said Friday. Chicagos
cigarette tax has been frozen at 68 ...
Care Act: Smoking sends health premiums higher
Chicago Sun-Times - October 19, 2013
...in Illinois and most other states, insurers can charge smokers and
other tobacco users as much as 50 percent more on their premiums due
to the higher health risks they face compared to non-tobacco users.
In some cases, the surcharge wipes out the ...
"Castle Park" going smoke free
WPSD Local 6 - October 18, 2013
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more regulation of e-cigarettes on the horizon in Illinois?
Sioux City Journal - October 18, 2013
SPRINGFIELD | A ban on selling electronic cigarettes to minors goes
into effect in Illinois on Jan. 1, but that may not be the end of attempts
to regulate the ...
Park celebrates going smoke-free
The Southern - October 17, 2013
Park goes tobacco free: Castle Park is going tobacco-free, and to celebrate
it will be hosting an event Oct. 26 in conjunction with the Jackson
County Health ...
ban on electronic cigarettes sparks emotional debate
Daily Northwestern - October 16, 2013
Evanston City Council on Monday night heard at times emotional pleas
against banning electronic cigarettes from all places where other types
of smoking are outlawed. "You're taking away the motivation of
the people who want to get off of tobacco, and it
E-cigarette users turn out to oppose ban
Evanston Now - October 15, 2013
He said many former smokers who now are able to use electronic cigarettes
in ... But it argued that their use in public places should be banned
because, "since they ... Fear should not drive outright banning
just because it looks like something that is ... when that temptation
was one of the excuses used for the smoking bans.
Park to celebrate decision to go tobacco-free
The Southern - October 15, 2013
CARBONDALE Castle Park is going tobacco-free, and to celebrate
it will be hosting an event Oct. 26 in conjunction with the Jackson
County Health ...
Plea: Don't Outlaw E-Cigarettes in Evanston
Patch.com - October 15, 2013
Many people spoke up against a proposed city ban on smoking e-cigarettes
in places ... If his father had switched from regular cigarettes to
electronic cigarettes, ...
Lake parks 'proud to be smoke free' after $10000 grant
Northwest Herald - October 14, 2013
The signs provide geological and historical information about areas
of the parks, and at the bottom of the signs it reads, Proud to
be Smoke Free! The funding ...
split on ASG tobacco-free resolution
Daily Northwestern - October 10, 2013
A resolution that would ban tobacco products on campus brought before
the Associated Student Government Senate on Wednesday night has been
receiving mixed reactions from students. .. Northwestern would join
almost 800 tobacco-free college campuses if it adopts such a policy,
according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
ban considered on campus
Prospectus - October 8, 2013
A Parkland affiliated task force is in the processing of connecting
with students this semester regarding their opinions on banning smoking
on campus. This has led to some controversy amongst students who feel
that the ban will take away their rights. According to John Eby, Student
Life Activities Program Manager and head of the Campus Smoking Policy
Task Force, the issue has been discussed since the State of Illinois
passed the Smoke Free Ilinois Act in 2008.
city council talks smoke-free park
Western Courier (subscription) - October 2, 2013
The Macomb city council discussed the possibility of making Chandler
Park smoke-free at its meeting on Monday. Brett Stahl, representative
for the Public Safety committee, argued that citizens and children of
the county should be able to play and enjoy a smoke-free park. City
administration agrees with this, however they will have to sit and discuss
the issue, and bring it back to the forefront next Monday.
prepares smoking cessation resources for students and ...
Daily Illini - October 1, 2013
As the upcoming smoking ban rests on smokers minds, the University prepares
to release its resource plans to help those who want to quit smoking.
The ban will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014.
hears case for smoke-free parks
McDonough Voice - October 1, 2013
MACOMB Brett Stahl spoke before Macomb aldermen Monday with a ready
arsenal of local and area smoking facts. His mission: Persuade the city
council to support a smoking ban in the two public parks Chandler and
Compton under city control.
approves smoke-free parks
ConnectTriStates.com - September 30, 2013
MACOMB, ILL. -- The Macomb City Council approved a resolution Monday
night that will prohibit smoking in both Chandler Park and Compton Park.
retailer coming to downtown Belleville
Belleville News Democrat - September 30, 2013
Those looking to get their fix with tobacco-less cigarettes will soon
find them in a new store opening Tuesday in downtown Belleville. Proprietor
Joe Barhoumi ...
Galesburg (IL) Register-Mail - September 29, 2013
Clockwise from top left: Editor Tom Martin, Assistant Editor Jay Redfern,
Assignment Editor Lisa Coon and Local News Editor Rob Buck.
free' local parks?
McDonough Voice - September 29, 2013
An effort by the McDonough County Health Department to have smoking
banned in Macomb's Chandler Park will have an airing Monday before city
Support the Tobacco Coalition's resolve
The Daily Eastern News - September 26, 2013
While Perry and the board of trustees have not decided to make Eastern
a tobacco-free campus, there is a good possibility the Tobacco Coalition
will remain to lobby with support from those interested in a more enforced
smoking policy. Even if they are ...
pushes for ban on menthol cigarettes
ABC7Chicago.com - September 26, 2013
Research finds that menthol cigarettes are used by tobacco companies
to entice new smokers because the smell and sensation encourage addiction.
cigarette use in Naperville still hazy
Naperville Sun - September 25, 2013
They were using electronic cigarettes, a fairly new and growing phenomenon
that is a safe recreational substitute for smoking, an aide for those
trying to quit ...
banned on Lake County Forest Preserves playgrounds
Chicago Tribune - September 24, 2013
With a new ban that prohibits smoking within 15 feet of playgrounds,
smokers with cigarettes in hand will have to watch where they walk in
the Lake County Forest Preserves.
continues with smoke-free campaign
Daily Eastern News - September 23, 2013
Their goal is to make Eastern a tobacco-free campus for a cleaner environment.
Last year, the Tobacco Coalition members presented an interest for the
campus to be a smoke-free campus, like the University of Illinois, to
the Faculty, Staff and Student Senate.
on electronic cigarettes still being formed
Aurora Beacon News - September 23, 2013
The man and his two friends were sitting in a restaurant, puffing away
on their cigarettes, with no concern about their actions. No, they were
not breaking the law.
to reconsider tabled smoking ban recommendation
The Alestle - September 19, 2013
Student Government will reconsider its previously tabled resolution
Smoke-free Policy on Campus at its meeting 2 p.m. Friday in the Goshen
Lounge. Student ...
of The Southern: Guess what? No smoking means no smoking
The Southern - September 19, 2013
The Williamson County Board and Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health
Department are partnering for better enforcement of the no-smoking ban
where food ...
smoking ban in best interest of campus
Daily Illini - September 17, 2013
University smoking ban in best interest of campus ... on the first day
of the new year, smoking tobacco products on the University of Illinois
campus will be banned. Upon hearing the news of the University smoking
ban, I had mixed feelings.
Gaming Board Will Consider 24-Hour Casino Operations
Vending Times - September 17, 2013
Right now, casinos can operate a maximum 22 hours a day. ... Casino
revenues have been on the decline since 2007 when a smoking ban went
asked to restrict electronic cigarettes
Evanston Now - September 16, 2013
City staff will ask aldermen at the Human Services Committee tonight
to support a proposed ordinance that would impose the same restrictions
on electronic cigarettes as exist for traditional tobacco products in
Evanston. That would make it illegal to sell them to minors or distribute
them from vending machines. It would also make using electronic cigarettes
in places where smoking is now prohibited illegal.
is supporting effort to toughen enforcement of a no smoking ban
The Southern - September 16, 2013
MARION The Williamson County board is supporting Franklin-Williamson
Bi-County Health Departments effort to toughen enforcement of a no smoking
ban where food and drink is served, a measure that became Illinois law
County Forest Preserve bans smoking in playgrounds
Chicago Sun-Times - September 14, 2013
Smokers will not be able to light up in Lake County Forest Preserve
playgrounds, as more suburbs rein in cigarette use in parks. Officials
briefly considered a sweeping ban for the second-largest forest preserve
district in the state, but instead, focus ...
hall hookah use comes with restrictions
Northern Star Online - September 6, 2013
Smoking hookah by the residence halls can come with a price but it isnt
necessarily illegal. Smoking hookah outside residence halls at night
has become a social pastime for some students. DeKalb Police Corporal
Curt Biarnesen, who has served on the force for 18 years, said this
could violate a law which states that tobacco products like cigarettes
and hookah must be used 15 feet away from any public entrance. Violations
can result in students having to leave the premises or getting ticketed.
First time I am dispatched or see it I give a verbal warning to inform
that they are violating the law because sometimes people dont know.
If I get dispatched again or see them again Ill issue a citation, said
County proposal would ban smoking at forest playgrounds
Chicago Daily Herald - September 6, 2013
Smoking at other forest district sites still would be allowed. A possible
ban at all of the district's preserves was discussed but wasn't supported,
board President ...
vote on smoking ban recommendation looming
The Alestle - September 5, 2013
Student Government is set to vote Friday on Senate Resolution 14-08-01,
which would recommend a smoking ban on campus, if passed.
ban too severe, designated areas a better option
The Alestle - September 5, 2013
Yet, an all-out ban would be ineffective at best, and heavy-handed at
worst. ... Banning cigarettes would turn campus police into an anti-smoking
squad. Instead ...
bcrnews.com - September 2, 2013
PRINCETON The Bureau/Putnam County Health Department has started a play
hard, breathe easy campaign to promote tobacco-free parks and playgrounds
in the two-county area. The health departments Public Health Educator
Becky Piano said the tobacco-free parks campaign is one of several initiatives
funded through the We Choose Health community transformation grant received
through the Illinois Department of Public Health....
Pinkney to retire, close Ina's restaurant
Chicago Business Journal August 30, 2013
Pinkney made the announcement in an email, saying that it felt like
the right time to hang up her apron, according to Chicagoist. A Brooklyn
native who survived polio as an infant, Pinkney also was active politically.
A proponent of the movement to ban artificial trans fats, she testified
before the New York City Board of Health and helped pass that citys
ban. She also led a coalition of Chicago restaurateurs and chefs to
support a smoking ban in restaurants which went into effect in 2006
and created a green purchasing co-operative for restaurants in Chicago
Used Cigarette Butts On The Ground Now Illegal In Illinois
The Inquisitr August 29, 2013
Anti-smoking laws have limited the number of places someone can smoke
and thanks to new legislation, it will now be illegal to toss those
cigarette butts anywhere youd like. Cigarette butts are the most commonly
discarded pieces of waste worldwide according to Americans for Nonsmokers
Rights, with an estimated 1.69 billion pounds of butts ending up as
toxic waste every years.
lights up smoking debate
The Alestle - August 27, 2013
At their first meeting of the fall semester Friday, Student Government
announced Senate Resolution 14-08-01 that would recommend a campus-wide
ban on smoking. According to SG Vice President Nasir Almasri, the resolution
titled Smoke-free Policy on Campus would not necessarily become SIUEs
official policy if the Senate votes to pass the resolution at their
next meeting in two weeks. SIUE administration had instructed SG to
vote on the resolution to gauge student opinion ...
Bans Smoking in Parks
WICS-TV - August 23, 2013
There's one more place you shouldn't even think of lighting up your
cigarette. A new policy in Lincoln bans smoking in city-owned parks.
The policy passed the city council 6-2. Those voting against it didn't
want to support a ban on smoking outdoors. Mayor Keith Snyder said the
policy was an initiative of the Logan County Department of Public Health.
They received a state grant, and this was one project they hoped to
bronzing, no smoking
Chicago Tribune - August 15, 2013
Another measure Quinn signed into law Thursday aims to prevent young
smokers from buying electronic cigarettes, which do not contain tobacco
but usually are ...
Bans Electronic Cigarettes for Minors
NACS Online - August 19, 2013
The new law applies to both electronic cigarettes and alternative nicotine
... cigarettes should be no exception to the legal age for purchasing
at summer festivals not totally off the menu
Chicago Tribune - August 13, 2013
Outdoor festivals serve as one of summer's biggest highlights, and while
some health advocates are pushing to make the events smoke-free, many
village leaders say it's not a problem in their communities.
considers smoking ban in parks
Galesburg Register-Mail - August 5, 2013
The Abingdon City Council heard of Altonas plan to make its parks safer
for children and the community during Mondays regular meeting. Erin
Olson, the director of community health for the Knox County Health Department,
presented the Smoke-Free Parks initiative to the council and brought
a vivid ...
Looks at Making Parks Smoke Free
WGIL Radio News - August 6, 2013
Abingdon Looks at Making Parks Smoke Free. The Abingdon City Council
is a step closer to possibly making all parks in town smoke free. Aldermen
last night ...
OK At This Year's BG Days
Journal & Topics Newspapers Online - July 25, 2013
Buffalo Grove trustees decided not to ban smoking at this years Buffalo
Grove Days festival. The fest currently prohibits smoking near the St.
Mary Parish property, Buffalo Grove Park Dist. grounds and food tent.
Village officials said if a ban were in place for the entire four-day
festival, patrons would likely choose Lake Cook Road as a place to smoke
cigarettes, which could cause problems.
Emanuel Takes Bold Steps to Protect Chicago's Kids from ...
Sacramento Bee - July 25, 2013
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauds Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
for his bold leadership in working to protect the city's kids from the
serious public health problems posed by menthol cigarettes. Mayor Emanuel
announced today that he has asked the Chicago Board of Health and the
Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to undertake a series of
initiatives aimed at curtailing the use of menthol cigarettes by youth
SourceWatch (Center for Media & Democracy) - July 22, 2013
ALEC is funded by Reynolds American, Altria, and other tobacco firms.
They will be blowing smoke in the Windy City August 7-9. Click here
to help support our future investigations. ...
total smoking ban for Buffalo Grove Days
Chicago Daily Herald - July 18, 2013
Buffalo Grove is afraid that with a smoking ban, people at concerts
would go around the fence and stand too close to Lake-Cook Road in order
Changes Made to Smoking Rules at Buffalo Grove Days
Patch.com - July 17, 2013
Officials have discussed in recent months how to handle smoking at the
suggestion of Trustee Mike Terson, who urged the village to ban smoking
throughout the ...
an emerging alternative
The State Journal-Register - July 15, 2013
E-cigarettes remain in a regulatory haze in Illinois. Pat Quinn in the
spring legislative session bans sale of the cigarette alternative to
anyone ... Proponents, including the tobacco industry, portray electronic
cigarettes as a safe ... There also are concerns the flavored products
attract the young.
in the air: Rental smoking bans
Chicago Tribune-June 28, 2013
The anti-smoking momentum isn't coming just from the rental business;
numerous municipalities have moved to ban smoking in all multifamily
ban rejected for Buffalo Grove Days
Chicago Tribune - June 25, 2013
A passionate plea by Trustee Mike Terson to ban smoking at Buffalo Grove
Days was shut down by other trustees and festival organizers who believe
address smoking concerns at BG Days
Buffalo Grove Countryside - June 25, 2013
Instead of relying on anecdotal evidence that BG Days visitors would
support additional smoking restrictions, Trustee Beverly Sussman asked
village finance ...
Banned at LITH Parks Starting This Summer
Patch.com - June 20, 2013
Starting this summer, smoking will be banned in Lake in the Hills parks
and ... at all parks, mail reminder postcards regarding the smoking
ban to all residents ...
reject smoking ban for Buffalo Grove Days
Chicago Daily Herald - June 19, 2013
Buffalo Grove village trustees overwhelmingly rejected calls for a complete
ban on smoking at the community's Labor Day weekend festival, Buffalo
Grove Days, ...
SmokesFour Places to Legally Light Up
Cigar Aficionado - June 12, 2013
In 2008, Chicago imposed a smoking ban. On a recent visit, Cigar Aficionado
found that there are more and more places providing outdoor areas that
are allowing cigar smoking. They're finding it's good for business,
but given Chicago's moody weather, enjoying a cigar can still be a seasonal
adventure. Our intrepid reporter made the sacrifice and found four.
awaits Quinn's action
McDonough Voice - May 23, 2013
Though medical marijuana legislation has been green-lit by lawmakers
in both the Illinois House and Senate, some political and law enforcement
officials closer to Macomb still have reservations about what could
be the strictest legalization program in the country. "One, it
allows cardholders to drive immediately after smoking marijuana, which
is going to put everybody at risk," he said. "Also it provides,
I think, too much cannabis." Under the proposed legislation, possession
or use of cannabis would not be allowed in a school bus, building or
on the grounds of a school, nor would it be allowed in a correctional
facility, motor vehicle (unless stored in a tamper-proof container and
inaccessible), private residence that provides licensed day care, aircraft,
motor boat and public spaces owned or leased by local or state government.
Individuals caught possessing or using cannabis in those areas would
face the same penalties they face today.
takes aim at secondhand smoke on campuses
The Alestle - May 22, 2013
College campuses throughout Illinois could face major changes as a result
of decisions made by Illinois legislators. Senators are currently discussing
a bill that would ban smoking on college campuses beginning Summer 2014.
... According to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights' website, there
is a need to protect employees and students from exposure to secondhand
smoke on college ...
Senate approves electronic cigarette ban for minors
The Times of Northwest Indiana - May 22, 2013
Minors statewide would not be able to buy electronic cigarettes under
a plan unanimously endorsed in the Senate Tuesday. Senate sponsor state
Sen. John Mulroe, D- Chicago, said this legislation updates state law
to include new advancements in nicotine pr
votes to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors
Bloomington Pantagraph-May 21, 2013
E-cigarettes are marketed to adults as an alternative method for potentially
reducing the health risks associated with tobacco smoke or for smoking
smokers adapt to ban
Canton Daily Ledge - May 21, 2013
A similar ban may be ahead for other Illinois schools. Earlier this
month, the Illinois Senate passed a ban on smoking at all state-supported
colleges and ...
adapting to ban at Ill. State University
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier - May 20, 2013
School officials and some students say a ban on smoking in high traffic
areas at Illinois State University is going smoothly so far. The Bloomington
Pantagraph reports (http://bit.ly/18bXBFH) the smoking ban affects the
campus quad and other areas. It was started by a student initiative.
have mixed feelings on proposed campus smoking ban
Bloomington Pantagraph - May 20, 2013
NORMAL Smokers at Illinois State University have adapted to
a ban on ... But legislation approved by the Illinois House would ban
smoking anywhere on the ...
change limits outdoor smoking areas
Illinois State University Stories - May 13, 2013
The University has a new policy that bans smoking in outdoor high-traffic
areas, such as the Quad. The change took effect with the start of the
spring semester and as a result of a 2011 student referendum. Students
favored the further smoking restrictions, which prohibit smoking in
Milner ... The University has taken an incremental approach to restricting
Opinion: UIS should go all in on smoking ban
The State Journal-Register May 10, 2013
Officials at the University of Illinois Springfield are dragging their
feet on an opportunity to improve public health at a premiere educational
institution. As of April, at least 1,100 college and university campuses
across the country have adopted 100-percent smoke-free campus policies
that ban all indoor and outdoor smoking, including in residences, according
to Americans for Non-Smokers Rights, a California-based organization
that lobbies for nonsmokers rights.
Out: Smoking ban a good move
Anniston Star - May 9, 2013
Recent polls show that more than 84 percent of Illinois residents, including
a majority of smokers, now support the smoking ban. The smoking law
is also strongly ...
out of the Days Inn
Chicago Tribune (blog) - May 7, 2013
Debbie Rosenkranz books a nonsmoking room at a Days Inn hotel. ... I
made a reservation for a nonsmoking room and was given a smoking room
when I ...
Smoking Ban On Lawmakers Radar
1340 WJOL - May 6, 2013
Smoking may soon be a thing of the past on college campuses in Illinois.
Lawmakers are considering a plan that would make it illegal to light
up anywhere at ...
considering smoking ban; bill may require it
(IL) State Journal-Register - May 5, 2013
University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Susan Koch wants the campus
community to know the reality they face if state lawmakers pass legislation
that bans people from smoking outdoors on all state-supported campuses.
Senate Rekindles Campus Smoking Ban
NBC Chicago-May 4, 2013
A smoking ban took effect in August at the College of DuPage after the
board of ... about 650 other colleges or universities nationwide with
similar smoking bans. ...
County Housing Considering Non-Smoking
KLJB - May 3, 2013
Knox County housing is looking to cut costs and a smoking ban for residents
is how they plan to do it. The reason for this new policy? Housing officials
said it cost between $2,000 and $3,000 to clean a smoking unit when
a renter leaves. For non-smoking units it only cost between $300 and
votes for smoking ban bill for second time
WAND - May 3, 2013
Springfield Smoking ban on college campuses was called to vote in the
Senate ... The bill would ban smoking on all state college campuses,
that includes ...
recommendation approved by House, but ban lacks movement
Quad City Times - May 3, 2013
Lawmakers are encouraging Illinois motorists not to light up while driving
with children. The House adopted a resolution Thursday that asks all
drivers to not smoke with children under 13 in the car as a way to prevent
children's contact with secondhand smoke. The measure, however, is not
a requirement. State Rep. Marcus Evans, Jr., D-Chicago, sponsored the
recommendation. Evans also introduced a proposal that would ban drivers
from smoking with children under 13 in the car, but he said it will
not be voted on this spring.
time, campus smoking ban clears Illinois Senate
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette (blog) - May 2, 2013
SPRINGFIELD Given a second chance, a bill to prohibit smoking on all
public university campuses in Illinois was approved by the Illinois
Senate. Last week, the measure, SB 2202, fell five votes short of passing
the Senate, and it was placed on "postponed consideration."
But supporters prevailed on Wednesday, 30-22. Among the five new "yes"
votes was Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, who had voted no last week
but switched Wednesday.
smoking ban rekindled in Illinois Senate
Bloomington Pantagraph - May 2, 2013
SPRINGFIELD - A proposal to ban smoking on campuses at all state-supported
universities and community colleges received just enough votes to advance
out of the Illinois Senate on Wednesday.
smoking ban approved by Senate
Monmouth Daily Review Atlas - May 1, 2013
A second attempt at passage was successful Wednesday in getting a college
outdoor smoking ban through the Illinois Senate. The bill, sponsored
by Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan, squeaked by with the bare minimum 30-vote
majority needed just a week after being shot down by a five-vote margin.
The bill now heads to the House.
campus initiative postponed to January
Daily Illini - April 30, 2013
The smoke-free campus initiative that was unanimously voted on by four
subcommittees has been postponed, pushing the enforcement date from
November to January.
fails to pass outdoors smoking ban at state universities and ...
Galesburg Register-Mail - April 26, 2013
SPRINGFIELD A proposal that would ban people from smoking outdoors on
all state-supported university and community college campuses fell five
votes shy of the 30 need to pass the Illinois Senate this week. ...
smoke ban fails in Senate
Kankakee Daily Journal - April 25, 2013
A proposal that would ban people from smoking outdoors on all state-supported
university and community college campuses fell five votes shy of the
30 need to pass the Illinois Senate Wednesday. Sponsoring Sen. Terry
Link, D-Waukegan, used a parliamentary maneuver to keep the bill alive
for a possible second vote in the future.
campus smoking ban fails
The Southern Illinoisan - April 25, 2013
A proposal to ban on smoking on all state-supported universities and
community colleges fell short in the Illinois Senate Wednesday.
could burn smokers on campus
The Alestle - April 25, 2013
Bill SB2202, or the Smoke-Free Campus Act, will ban smoking on
all state-supported institutions of higher education beginning July
1, 2014 if the Senate passes ...
Proposes Raising Smoking Age to 21
NBC Chicago (blog) - April 23, 2013
A Chicago alderman is in favor of banning cigarettes sales to individuals
under the age of 21. George Cardenas (12th) -- who also chairs the city's
Health Committee-- believes raising the legal smoking age from 18 to
21 will help lower the rates of teenage smokers, the Chicago
included in smoke-free bill
Daily Eastern News - April 21, 2013
With the Smoke-Free Campus Act introduced in the Illinois State Senate
on Feb. 15, Eastern could be mandated to police smoking habits on campus.
The act, introduced by Democratic Senator Terry Link in February, would
require all state-supported universities and community colleges to ban
smoking by July 2014 and to create a taskforce to enforce the ban by
bans smoking in public housing
Galesburg Register-Mail - April 20, 2013
He told board members the health department has money to offer residents
smoking cessation programs. It's (the smoking ban) being pushed
by HUD, he said.
banning e-cigs for minors clears Senate
The Southern Illinoisan - April 18, 2013
The proposal would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes,
to minors online as well as in person. E-cigarettes, which are typically
Initiative Pushes For Smoke-Free Parks
WQAD.com -- Quad Cities News & Weather from WQAD-April 17, 2013
The hope is that we'll have smoke-free parks in Rock Island County,
says Jennifer Johnson, Health Educator with the Rock Island County Health
to go tobacco-free this summer
RedEye Chicago (blog) - April 16, 2013
Students, faculty and other employees of the University of Illinois
at Chicago will have to kiss their tobacco products--and their electronic
cigarettes--goodbye this summer thanks to a new tobacco-free campus
policy that will go into effect July 1.
needs campus smoking ban
Bloomington Pantagraph - April 6, 2013
I am a student at Heartland Community College and I think they should
ban smoking on the campus. I do not agree with the smoking sections
that are provided ...
Electronic Cigarette Lounge Opens in Lakeview
DNAinfo - April 1, 2013
LAKEVIEW The confusion of people walking by new Lakeview shop
Smoque was palpable. Judging from the open space, lounge chairs and
the bar, it's obviously not another location of popular Irving Park
barbecue restaurant Smoque. This Smoque Vapor Lounge, at 2900 N. Broadway
Ave. near Surf, opened last Thursday and sells electronic cigarettes
and their flavor refills.
considers sweeping smoking ban on public college campuses
WCSH-TV - March 22, 2013
A senate committee approved the bill Tuesday, but going smoke-free is
already a ... U of I's Champaign-Urbana campus will be going smoke-free
bans, union contracts, veterans and health
The Southern - March 22, 2013
Senate Bill Senate Bill 2202 takes our state to far
into the personal lives of residents and robs institutions of local
control. The bill would require smoking to be entirely banned on public
university and community college property by July 1, 2014. Smoking kills;
we understand that. But one would assume the state has hired some fairly
bright individuals to run its universities and colleges. And they have
boards to which they report. Let the schools individually decide. The
Illinois General Assembly needs to focus on the states extraordinary
debt and stop wasting time and resources in a doomed-from-the-start
efforts at playing nanny to all. Weve already seen one state law
against smoking in public places one defied without consequence
across Southern Illinois. Do we really need another mandate that ultimately
will erode respect for all laws.
colleges react to new proposed college smoking ban in Illinois
WGEM - March 21, 2013
A new proposal in Illinois would ban smoking on all state-supported
colleges and universities. And now-- local universities are reacting
to the proposed ban.
Could Ban Smoking on College Campuses
WSIL TV - March 21, 2013
CARBONDALE -- An Illinois Senate committee has approved a smoking ban
for ... banning all tobacco products, and creating designated smoking
areas on ...
examining smoke-free campus options
The Southern - March 21, 2013
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University is considering joining
hundreds of other colleges and universities around the country in implementing
a smoke-free campus policy. Chancellor Rita Cheng has appointed a broad-based
committee that includes representatives from all campus constituencies
to examine smoke-free proposals ... In upcoming weeks, the committee
will conduct a poll to explore a number of options. Among the questions:
Should smoking be allowed in public outdoor spaces; should SIU be a
100 percent smoke-free campus; should SIU be a tobacco-free campus;
should smoking be allowed only in designated areas; and should smoking
be allowed only in parking lots and personal vehicles.
ban proposal moves forward
WAND - March 21, 2013
SPRINGFIELD - A plan to ban smoking on all state-supported universities
and colleges is moving forward. The higher education committee passed
the proposal 7-5. The plan seeks to ban smoking anywhere on a public
university or community college campus effective July 1, 2014.
Senate Committee OKs Smoking Ban On College Campuses
NBC Chicago (blog) - March 21, 2013
A Senate committee on Tuesday approved a state-wide measure that would
ban smoking anywhere on the campuses of public universities or community
smoking ban on college campuses clears first hurdle
The Southern-March 20, 2013
SPRINGFIELD A proposal to ban smoking on all state-supported
... Terry Link, D-Waukegan, would require smoking to be entirely banned
on public university ...
Approves State University Smoking Ban
FOX Illinois-March 20, 2013
This is an extension of the state's smoking ban, which already applies
to public buildings. The bill moving forward at the statehouse bars
students, staff, and ...
Smoking: New Ban for St. Clair County Public Housing Units ...
Riverfront Times (blog) - March 18, 2013
In St. Louis County, elected officials and business owners have been
fighting over a proposal to ban smoking inside most establishments --
even ones that were previously exempt. But across the river, St. Clair
County is successfully pushing forward with a different kind of smoking
policy and one that officials say will likely be the start of a trend:
a ban on smoking inside public housing complexes.
public housing units in St. Clair County to ban smoking July 1
Belleville News Democrat - March 15, 2013
Three federally assisted housing units operated by the St. Clair County
Housing Authority will go smoke-free this summer.
is a national trend with HUD," said Jan Douglass, Community Health
Program Coordinator with the St. Clair County Health Department. "They
really want public housing to go smoke-free. It's about policy change,
so it's going to be done in small steps."
Wants To Reduce Cigarette Taxes To Reduce Black Market
CBS Local - March 13, 2013
...Ervin claimed cigarette tax revenues in Chicago have dropped in
recent years ... rising cigarette taxes driving smokers out of Cook
County to buy their cigarettes.
City Council proposes ordinances for smoke-free Illinois act ...
MyWebTimes.com-March 13, 2013
After five years of enforcing the Smoke-Free IllinoisAct, the city of
Streator is proposing to adopt the ordinance made by the state. Adopting
the smoke-free ...
considering tobacco-free campus
Prospectus-March 13, 2013
The first step in figuring out whether or not a tobacco-free campus
would be beneficial to the college was hearing from the students and
Department Set to Enforce Smoking Laws
WSIL TV - March 8, 2013
MARION -- The Bi-County health department is cracking down on establishments
that violate the state's smoking ban. The Smoke Free Illinois Act has
been in ...
crosses the line in deal with unit owners
Chicago Tribune - March 1, 2013
Q: I am writing about the cigarette smoke of one of our owners. His
main pleasure in life is smoking. The smoke from his unit permeates
into the adjoining units. A few years ago, we attempted to revise our
declaration to make the building smoke-free, but that initiative failed.
What are our options?
A: Condominium boards are increasingly dealing with cigarette smoke-related
transmission issues. The detrimental health effects of second-hand smoke
are well-documented. In order for an association to become a smoke-free
building, the declaration or bylaws must be amended to prohibit smoking,
which requires unit-owner approval.
Alternatively, the board may also adopt reasonable rules and regulations
implementing smoke abatement procedures to mitigate (or prevent) the
transmission of smoke between units. Such rules would not prohibit smoking
in units, but would outline protocols when complaints of smoke transmission
occur, such as the use of air vents and/or requiring a board-approved
air purification system. Without question, the board may prohibit smoking
in the common elements by rule and regulation.
smoke the subject of contest
Marion (IL) Daily Republican - Feb 27, 2013
Marion High School students in Health Occupation classes participated
in a contest put on by the health department to raise awareness of the
effects of secondhand smoking.
Illinois: State budget crisis hampers tobacco prevention
Galesburg Register-Mail - February 25, 2013
Two exemptions to Illinois' indoor smoking ban are going before the
Illinois House. One would allow smoking in the state's casinos. The
other would allow local ...
Fort Dodge Messenger - February 22, 2013
I am a longtime Republican conservative and business owner here in Illinois.
I can vouch that not only has our 5-year-old Smoke Free Air Law been
good for businesses, but also it has been good for casino business and
good for the health of the casino employees. The time has come for Iowa
to do the right thing and eliminate smoking in the casinos.
bill still smoldering
Daily Eastern News - February 20, 2013
The seven Eastern students who voiced their opinion at the tobacco-free
forum spoke against a complete ban on tobacco on campus on Wednesday.
The Student Senate members hosted an open forum to discuss the proposal
to prohibit the use of tobacco on campus.
Targeted in Multi-Unit Housing
Alton Daily News · WBGZ 1570 AM - February 19, 2013
More than one-million people worldwide die of lung cancer each year,
including more than 150-thousand in the United States. A big reason
for that is tobacco use, according to the American Cancer Society. There
is new information that apparently shows a link to secondhand smoke
in apartment complexes, even in cases where the smoker lives in another
unit, so a local group is pushing for a smoking ban in such complexes.
boards can regulate tobacco smoke in common areas
Chicago (IL) Daily Herald - Feb 16, 2013
And more and more associations are considering a ban on smoking in the
individual units (and without any grandfather provision). Such an aggressive
ban will likely require an amendment to the declaration (requiring owner
approval), and not simply a rule ...
years later, most businesses OK with smoking ban
Herald & Review - February 9, 2013
Local business owners and health officials are reflecting on the five
years since the Smoke-Free Illinois Act banned smoking in businesses,
workplaces, restaurants, bars, casinos, schools and other enclosed public
GM meets with Elgin city manager to discuss video gaming
Elgin Courier News - February 7, 2013
At one time the state's top-grossing casino, the Grand Victoria has
seen its numbers drop dramatically after the state smoking ban went
into effect, followed by ...
Authority to implement smoking ban
Northern Star Online - February 4, 2013
Smokers living in Housing Authority apartments will have to change their
habits by June 2014 as a smoking ban will take effect that month. We
are not telling ...
ban took time to work
Galesburg Register-Mail - February 3, 2013
The original Smoke Free Illinois Act, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2008,
banned smoking in bars, restaurants, casinos and most work places and
forbade smoking ...
Cigarette Tax Hike Big Boon To Lobbyists
Chicagoist - January 31, 2013
A report released Wednesday by Cook County Clerk David Orrs office
showed lobbying firms hired by tobacco companies accounted for nearly
10 percent of the $2.4 million paid to lobbyists last year to influence
Cook County officials, almost certainly a result of the $1 hike in the
county cigarette tax. So the tobacco industry is hiring lobbyists. What
else is new? Well, as Orr told the Sun-Times, the question raised here
is what work is actually being done by the lobbying firms.
cigarette tax hike brought big bucks to lobbyists
Chicago Sun-Times January 30, 2013
Big tobacco came knocking on Cook County governments door last
year as Board President Toni Preckwinkle and commissioners pushed through
a series of tax increases, including a $1-a-pack cigarette tax increase.
A new report issued Wednesday shows lobbyists for tobacco interests
earned big bucks $220,000 in all in 2012 to lean on elected
leaders, according to Cook County Clerk David Orrs office, which
compiles a public list of lobbying activity.
authority approves smoke-free policy
Dekalb Daily Chronicle - January 28, 2013
DeKALB The DeKalb County Housing Authority board approved a smoke-free
policy for all properties beginning June 1, 2014, to create healthier
years after smoking banned indoors, rules regarding smoking outside
Peoria (IL) Journal-Star - January 26, 2013
When Kouri's Pub in Peoria was cited on St. Patrick's Day last year
for allowing patrons to smoke in its outdoor beer garden, the owner
thought he hadn't done anything wrong. Peoria police thought otherwise.
Officers issued more than 50 citations to
years after indoor smoking ban, rules for outdoor smoking still ...
Peoria Journal Star-Jan 25, 2013
When Kouri's Pub in Peoria was cited on St. Patrick's Day last year
for allowing patrons to smoke in its outdoor beer garden, the owner
thought he hadn't done ...
may go smoke free
KFVS-Jan 25, 2013
Southern Illinois University may soon go smoke free. Students and faculty
have formed a committee for a smoke-free campus. Chancellor Rita Cheng
says the ...
five years smoke free
Pekin Daily Times-Jan 24, 2013
The Smoke-Free Illinois Act (SFIA), which protects all Illinoisans from
the ... And studies show that smoke-free laws not only help protect
workers and patrons ...
Smoke-Free Illinois Act has helped save lives
Suburban Life Publications - January 21, 2013
The Smoke-Free Illinois Act, which protects all Illinoisans from the
life-threatening dangers of secondhand smoke, became effective on Jan.
1, 2008. What a ...
years of Smoke-Free Illinois making a difference
Dekalb Daily Chronicle-Jan 19, 2013
Five years after the passing of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, business
is better ... "People really enjoy the smoke-free environment,
even the smokers," he said.
bans smoking on Quad, other parts of campus
Illinois State University Stories - January 17, 2013
Smoking is no longer welcome on Illinois State Universitys Quad
and other prime real estate on campus. Although falling short of a full
campus ban on smoking, the long-awaited restrictions on smoking outside
went into effect Monday.
will veto gaming bill
The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) - January 14, 2013
...According to a year-end report issued by the Illinois Gaming Board,
[casino] revenue for the 2012 calendar year was $1.6 billion, which
was up slightly from 2011, but down by about 38 percent from 2007. Tom
Swoik, director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association, which represents
the Metropolis casino, Harrahs, said that the 2007 smoking ban
and an economy that took a turn for the worst are two reasons for the
dip. Once the economy starts improving, I think that casino revenues
will pick up, Swoik said. I think it will be a long time
if ever that we get back to the 2007 figures because theyre not
going to change the smoking ban. All of the bordering states
that have casinos do not have a smoking ban, so we lost about 20 percent
in 2008, and weve lost an additional 18 or 19 percent on top of
that since then just because of the economy, Swoik added.
Rethinking casino smoking ban
Joliet Herald News-January 11, 2013
Casino revenue was down again last year in Illinois. A smoking ban enacted
in Indiana last year exempted casinos. Should Illinois allow smoking
at its casinos?
Casino tops revenue list in Illinois
Chicago Daily Herald - January 10, 2013
But he said the economy and a 2008 statewide indoor smoking ban
have also hurt local casinos. Swoik cited the 52 percent drop in revenue
experienced by ...
ban yields mixed benefits: 5 years later, law finds many ...
MyWebTimes.com - January 9, 2013
The Smoke-Free Illinois Act took effect that day, forcing smokers to
light up outside the Ottawa restaurant. Like many business owners, Ken
Woodson, owner of ...
Smoke-free act makes difference
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier - January 9, 2013
The Smoke-free Illinois Act, which protects all Illinoisans from the
life threatening dangers of secondhand smoke, became effective on January
1, 2008. What a ...
Free Illinois Law Marks Five Years
Lake Zurich (IL) Patch.com - January 9, 2013
We know that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
... The landmark Smoke Free Illinois legislation prohibits smoking in
all indoor public ...
Ban Doesn't Slow Local Restaurant Business
Patch.com - January 8, 2013
Some locals feared that a 2008 statewide smoking ban would curb business
at restaurants and bars. But on the five-year anniversary of the Smoke-Free
Illinois Act, the La Grange Doings reports that most Illinois residentslocal
restaurateurs includedsupport ...
Grange adapting to smoke-free Illinois
The Doings La Grange - January 8, 2013
And according to a survey conducted by the American Lung Association
in Illinois, voters like the change. The survey, which questioned 601
randomly selected ...
Smoke-Free Illinois Act
Quad City Times - January 7, 2013
The Smoke-Free Illinois Act, which protects all Illinoisans from the
life-threatening dangers of secondhand smoke, became effective on Jan.
1, 2008. What a ...
Smoke Free Act has made state healthier
Peoria Journal Star-by Daniel Petrella - January 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD Smoking has been banned in bars, restaurants and most
every other indoor public place in Illinois for five years now, and
the state is healthier as a result.
ban protects people's lives, health
Bloomington Pantagraph - January 5, 2013
The Smoke-Free Illinois Act, which protects all Illinoisans from the
... And studies show that smoke-free laws not only help protect workers
and patrons from being ...
Hysteria over limits on cigarettes goes up in smoke
Chicago Sun-Times - January 3, 2013
After five years of living with the law, most Illinoisans have found
they like it. A poll last month by the American Lung Association in
Illinois found 77 percent of state residents favor the law. Even smokers
more than half of them think its a good ...
ignites debate on rights
Alton Telegraph - January 3, 2013
Smoking is one of those fine-line issues that walks a balance
between individual rights and the protection of others. Its like
wearing a seat belt in that regard. Should the government interject
itself into the life of someone who is well aware of the dangers and
consequences of an action but chooses to ignore them? Generally, we
would say no.
Springs adapting to smoke-free Illinois
The Doings Western Springs-by Viki Gonia - January 3, 2013
Its been five years since the Smoke-free Illinois Act sent smokers
outside. And according to a survey conducted by the American Lung Association
in Illinois, voters like the change. The survey, which questioned 601
randomly selected voters, found that more than two-thirds strongly support
the legislation, which since Jan. 1, 2008, prohibits smoking in virtually
all public places, including restaurants and bars.
years later, 'people used to' smoke-free bars
Lake County News-Sun - January 2, 2013
Its been five years since the passage of the Smoke-Free Illinois
Act, which prohibits smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces
including bars and restaurants. The bills chief sponsor, state
Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan, said supporting the bill was the
right thing to do.
Bureau County (IL) Republican - January 1, 2013
Fresh air fans are celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Smoke-free
Illinois Act, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2008. ... smokers seem resigned
to taking their cigarettes outdoors, and area bar owners express few
Illinois Department of Public Health - December 31, 2012
The Smoke-free Illinois Act prohibits smoking in virtually all public
places and workplaces, including offices, theaters, museums, libraries,
educational institutions, schools, commercial establishments, enclosed
shopping centers and retail stores,
Illinois celebrates 5th anniversary of smoke-free law
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - December 31, 2012
Illinois officials are saying, "Thanks from the bottom of our lungs"
as the state celebrates the fifth anniversary of the smoking ban in
most public places....
County Health Department Announces New Smoke-Free Campus
23 WIFR CBS (Rockford, IL) - December 28, 2012
The Boone County Board has passed a resolution making the Logan Ave.
campus smoke-free. The new policy will assure that no smoking will be
allowed on the grounds or in the parking lot of the county owned property
on Logan Ave. ...
celebrates smoke free anniversary
Mount Vernon (IL) Register-News - December 27, 2012
Five years have passed since the Smoke Free Illinois Act was passed.
Since then, there have been mixed reviews on how businesses have been
a smoke-free campus is just the first step in improving ...
Daily Illini - December 17, 2012
So. Weve finally joined the ranks of some other Big Ten schools.
Im not talking about winning eight consecutive football games.
We do, however, now share a ban that Wisconsin, Michigan and others
have adopted a smoking ban. Chancellor Phyllis Wise
emailed the student body in October to declare a smoke-free campus,
with a plan to end smoking activities on campus by November of next
policy set for fall of 2013
Daily Illini - December 17, 2012
After more than a yearlong discussion about a smoking ban, University
officials announced in October their plans to prohibit smoking tobacco
on campus ...
Casino Reverses Decline in Illinois' Gaming Income
Des Plaines (IL) Patch.com - December 13, 2012
As the first full year of operation for Illinois 10th casino comes
to an end, the overall impact Rivers Casino has had on the states
gaming industry and local and state taxes is becoming more clear. Illinois
newest gaming venue generated more adjusted gross receipts than other
casinos in the state every full month in operation since August 2011,
according to reports from the Illinois Gaming Board. Admission and gaming
tax revenue from the Des Plaines casino contributed to reversing a decline
that began in 2008, the first year the ban on smoking in Illinois casinos
Businesses Still Violating Indoor Smoking Ban
WIFR - December 12, 2012
WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- Bars and restaurants had the hardest time
adjusting to Illinois' smoking ban when it first took effect. But now
five years later, most complaints are being filed against businesses
in an office setting. Don Carter Lanes once feared the indoor smoking
ban would strike bowlers from their games. But five years into the law,
managers consider themselves spared. "When it first started off,
we saw a decline in bar revenue, but we recovered and rebounded like
most area establishments because it's just the way it is and the way
it's going to be," says manager Bobbie Jo Norris.
Thank you for not smoking in public housing
Belleville (IL) News-Democrat - December 2, 2012
Illinois hasn't allowed smoking in restaurants, bars and most public
buildings since January 2008. Government-owned public housing one of
the exceptions. Finally, that may be about to change. The leaders of
St. Clair County's We Choose Health Initiative are pushing to make public
housing smoke-free over the next few years. ...
knocked us off our feet': Groups addressing St. Clair County's ...
Belleville News Democrat - November 29, 2012
This year the summit focused on initiatives to use the We Choose
Health Initiative grant to develop Complete Street communities, School
Health and Safety programs and Tobacco-Free Multi-Unit Housing. The
campaign plans to work with federal and local government agencies to
turn public housing buildings into smoke-free units over the next several
Expects Less Income as Cape Casino Opens
WSIL TV - October 30, 2012
METROPOLIS -- The new Isle Casino is big business for Cape Girardeau,
but city ... says the city's already losing gamblers because of the
Illinois smoking ban.
wants smoke-free campus
Daily Eastern News - October 31, 2012
Members of the Faculty Senate discussed the recent initiative by Eastern's
Tobacco Coalition to make Eastern a smoke-free campus at their meeting
smoking ban will benefit all students, faculty affected
Daily Illini - October 29, 2012
No one in my family, immediate or extended, smokes. When I turned 18,
I was way more excited about the prospect of being able to vote than
the ability to buy a ...
Smoking ban a stride toward needed change for Illinois
The Daily Illini (U. of Illinois) - October 24, 2012
before we direct our attention to our social rights, we need to
pay respect to each persons more fundamental right to good health.
The smoking ban is a stride toward necessary change for the University.
voice absent in new campuswide smoking ban
Daily Illini - October 23, 2012
In a historical move which isn't all that historical the
University announced that the campus would become free of tobacco smoke
at the end of next year.
voting, UI on board to eliminate smoking
Daily Illini - October 18, 2012
After a year and a half of deliberation, University administrators are
taking steps to completely ban tobacco smoke on campus in the next 13
months. We want to ensure a healthy environment for our entire
campus community. There is incontrovertible evidence that smoking is
a dangerous addiction and that secondhand smoke affects everyone,
Chancellor Phyllis Wise said in a mass email to the University community.
With slated date in November 2013 for a complete ban on smoking on University
property, this new policy builds on a current rule that prohibits smoking
indoors in all University-owned and leased facilities and within 25
feet of building entrances, exits, windows that open and ventilation
intakes, according to the Campus Administrative Manual.
Urbana campus to be smoke-free by November 2013
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette - October 17, 2012
URBANA Smokers have just over a year to indulge their habit at
the University of Illinois before a new smoke-free policy takes effect
including at outdoor ...
aldermen OK new regulations for tobacco dealers
Rockford Register Star - October 15, 2012
ROCKFORD Aldermen created an extra hoop for future tobacco dealers
to jump through, gave a downtown bar owner permission to sell carry-out
beer and liquor, and raised concerns about the treatment of a longtime
Medical Group Going Tobacco-Free on Property
Herald Pubs - September 6, 2012
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE - Military treatment facilities across the entire
Air Force are becoming tobacco-free, and the 375th Medical Group here
has selected Nov. 15 to officially become tobacco-free across its entire
SWEDA: Letter about tobacco lawsuit didn't mention anti-racketeering
St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch - September 6, 2012
I found it very revealing to see what Travis Akin of Illinois Lawsuit
Abuse Watch omitted from his recent letter (Giant lawsuit against
tobacco companies keeps coming back, Sept. 4). While Akin notes
that the Illinois Supreme Court in 2005 overturned a multibillion-dollar
award in a consumer protection action regarding light cigarettes, he
does not mention that the basis of that decision was the false contention
that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission had authorized Philip
Morris conduct. That conduct, promoting light cigarettes as a
less hazardous alternative to regular cigarettes even while knowing
that claim is untrue and relying on machine-generated tar and nicotine
levels which do not replicate the smoking behavior of human smokers,
was the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2008.
official: College of DuPage's campus tobacco free
The Doings Hinsdale - August 16, 2012
Effective Aug. 6, the campus of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn is tobacco
free. About 850 colleges and universities nationwide have tobacco-free
policies, according to a COD press release. Tobacco-free policies
are gaining momentum at educational institutions across the country,
says state health department should clarify smoking ban
Peoria Journal Star - August 16, 2012
An Illinois Senate panel decided Wednesday that the state's health department
should move forward with clarifying the Smoke Free Illinois Act allowing
considering smoke-free campus
Chicago Tribune (IL) - August 15, 2012
No one can smoke in the college's buildings due to the state's smoking
ban. ... Within the past year, other area community colleges have banned
smoking on ... after hearing the committee was formed, saying banning
smoking throughout the ...
official: College of DuPage's campus tobacco free
Naperville Sun (IL) - August 14, 2012
...6, the campus of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn is tobacco free.
About 850 colleges and universities nationwide have tobacco-free policies,
according to a ...
County Considers Outdoor Smoking Ban
KWQC 6 - August 8, 2012
Smoking may be banned in public, outdoor spaces in several QCA communities.
Numerous county health departments have gotten grant money from the
State of Illinois to promote healthy initiatives. Whiteside, Lee, Ogle,
Carroll, and Stephenson counties will share $210,000. Whiteside County
is going to focus on smoke-free parks.
the habit completely off campus
Champaign/Urbana (IL) News-Gazette July 30, 2012
DANVILLE Oftentimes, Danville Area Community College student
Dustin Tabor has an urge to light up a cigarette before a difficult
class or exam.
Today, at least 774 college and universities have
enacted smoke- or tobacco-free policies, according to the American Nonsmokers'
Rights Foundation. Of those, 562 have tobacco-free policies (no forms
of tobacco are allowed), while 212 are only smoke-free (smokeless forms
of tobacco are allowed). The policies are in various phases of implementation.
"Those are the ones we're aware of," Bronson Frick, the foundation's
associate director, said of the schools on the list. He said higher
education institutions aren't required to report their smoking policies,
and his organization doesn't actively solicit the information.
Park District goes tobacco free
Chicago Daily Herald - June 22, 2012
On June 13, the Waukegan Park District passed an ordinance making its
property tobacco free. The policy covers smoking, as well as smokeless
tobacco, which includes the many new smokeless tobacco products being
developed by the tobacco industry. Waukegan Park District golf courses
are exempt from the new rule at this time.
jobs deal good hand to some employees: longtime workers thankful for
break they received 20 years ago
Chicago Tribune June 21, 2012
For John Allison, a job at the Hollywood Casino in Joliet was just the
break he needed.
But those plans were derailed when Allison,
then 21, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
Frick at 10:23 PM June 20, 2012 - It would be interesting to hear
what Mr. Allison, as a cancer survivor, thinks of Illinois' Clean Indoor
Air Act. Staying healthy is tough enough as it is without having to
risk getting cancer or worse from breathing secondhand smoke on the
job. The Illinois smoke-law saves lives of casino workers and prevents
needless disease, chemo, healthcare costs, and agony. Casino workers
in Indiana and Missouri are not so lucky.
Board Adopts New Way to Regulate Tobacco-Sales Licenses
Frankfort (IL) Patch.com - June 8, 2012
The Frankfort Village Board approved a new procedure on how it licenses
retailers selling tobacco and tobacco-related products. Since March,
the village has had a moratorium on approving those licenses while it
re-examined its procedure.
committee endorses ban on flavored cigar wraps
The State Journal-Register - May 29, 2012
An Illinois House committee Tuesday approved a ban on flavored cigar
wraps despite concern from ... and Drug Administration's ban on flavored
cigarettes specifically exempts menthol and tobacco flavors. ... Cigarette
tax hike heading to Gov. ...
Illinois Senate passes $1 cigarette tax increase
Naperville Sun - May 30, 2012
Karen Kinderman displays her pack of cigarettes while smoking outside
the ... the Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to increase the state cigarette
tax by $1 a pack.
eyes tobacco-free buildings, vehicles ($$)
Iroquois County Times-Republic - May 17, 2012
The Watseka City Council will pursue an anti-tobacco policy for vehicles
Illinois already has a law against smoking in public places, but the
law does not include chewing tobacco, said Watseka Mayor Bob Harwood
at a meeting last month.
Chicago Tribune - May 16, 2012
Cigarette smoking results in more than 16,000 Illinois deaths per year,
and more than 2,000 deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke. As the
Illinois House of Representatives considers its decision on a $1-per-pack
cigarette-tax increase, now is the time to take advantage of this public-health
opportunity to reduce smoking-related death and illness in Illinois
while raising $700 million to assist with Medicaid. ...
Harris, J.K.; Carothers, B.J.; Luke, D.A.; Silmere, H.; McBride, T.D.;
Pion, M., "Exempting
casinos from the Smoke-free Illinois Act will not bring patrons back:
they never left," Tobacco Control 21(3): 373-376, May
This study concluded that a smokefree air law in Illinois "did
not have a detectable effect on Illinois casino admissions" and
that there was no change in admissions in casinos in neighboring states.
The authors wrote, "The implementation of the Smoke-free Illinois
Act in January 2008 coincided with the beginning of a national economic
recession in December 2007. When economic conditions were accounted
for, casino admissions in Illinois did not decline significantly relative
to neighbouring states, nor did admissions increase in neighbouring
states. Reductions reported in revenues in Illinois casinos are therefore
not due to patrons leaving Illinois casinos for neighbouring states
where they could smoke."
board creates no-smoking areas at playgrounds
The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) - April 26, 2012
Smoking will still be allowed in other areas of the parks. Park Board
President Leslie Sgro said the no-smoking measure is not an ordinance
that will be ...
new Inhale Hookah Lounge is the latest to open in the ...
Chicago Daily Herald - April 25, 2012
It's like Starbucks with cigarettes, said owner Chris Gazinski,
a McHenry native. ... Hookah smoking involves flavored tobacco with
a water pipe, ...
of the County
Lake County News Sun (IL) - April 25, 2012
Congratulations to Gurnee Park District for passing a tobacco-free
ordinance. I only hope all the park districts in Lake County do the
campus to be tobacco-free starting Aug. 6
Naperville Sun - Apr 21, 2012
Currently, one in four or roughly 650 colleges and
universities in the country have tobacco-free policies, said COD
Board Chairman David Carlin of ...
Park District adopts tobacco-free ordinance
Lake County News Sun (IL)- April 20, 2012
The ordinance adds additional limitations to the current ordinance
which prohibits smoking within buildings, facilities and vehicles owned,
Park Board likely to designate playgrounds as smoke ...
The State Journal-Register - April 13, 2012
Visitors to Springfield Park District playgrounds could soon be seeing
signs designating the areas as smoke-free zones.
we're doing at this time instead of making it an ordinance. The
smoke-free zone idea was brought to the park board by Springfield resident
of Smoke-Free Act changed
Galesburg Register-Mail - April 12, 2012
During Thursdays regular meeting of the Knox County Board of
Health, Samuel Jarvis presented information about how enforcement of
the Smoke-Free Illinois Act has changed in Galesburg.
concluded the city's decision to pass an ordinance in 2010 that mirrored
the ... Jarvis said that when cities started passing look-alike ordinances,
of DuPage may out tobacco
Wheaton (IL) Leader, March 22, 2012
Next month, the college may adopt the Tobacco-Free Campus policy
that would take effect Aug. 6, following the same trend as several other
campuses across the U.S. According to a January news release from the
American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, 648 campuses across the
U.S. have gone smoke-free
targets kids in new anti-smoking campaign
ABC7Chicago.com - March 22, 2012
March 22, 2012 (CHICAGO) -- Chicago health officials say a new public
awareness campaign is aimed at stopping the sale of cigarettes to children.
winning at Chicagoland's newest gaming destination
Chicago Tribune - March 21, 2012
Find all of your favorites and so much more on the entirely non-smoking
43000-square-foot gaming floor. "We are providing customers with
the ultimate gaming ...
parks might go smoke- or tobacco-free
Chicago Daily Herald - March 20, 2012
More and more suburban park districts are taking a position against
tobacco use on ball fields, playgrounds or other outdoor properties.
cited for failure to comply with smoke ban
Peoria Journal Star - March 19, 2012
By Anonymous Almost a dozen local businesses were issued citations
last week for failing to comply with the Smoke Free Illinois Act. According
to police, ...
police conduct smoking ban checks at bars
Peoria (IL) Journal Star - March 16, 2012
The City Council introduced a city smoking ordinance in 2010 because
officials were having problems enforcing the Smoke Free Illinois Act,
which went into ...
Of DuPage Considers Campuswide Smoking Ban
CBS Local - March 15, 2012
Nonsmokers complain that smokers routinely violate a rule that restricts
them from lighting up less than 25 feet of entrances particularly
during the cold ...
introduced addressing smoking in condominium units
Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, 2012-03-13
Q. Our condominium association is dealing with complaints from owners
about neighbors who smoke in their units. Does the Condominium Property
Act address this issue?
A. The Condominium Property Act does not currently address smoking in
condominium units. However, legislation was recently introduced to address
restrictions on smoking in condominium units. Illinois HB 4134, introduced
on January 30, 2012, ...
looks to crack down on smoking
Elgin Courier News (IL)- March 13, 2012
Carlin said there was also a financial incentive to ban smoking. ...
Some have suggested that smoking be banned not only outside the buildings,
Opinion: New rules for young offenders worth a try
The State Journal-Register (IL)- March 14, 2012
By Anonymous According to Springfield's municipal code, possession
of tobacco by a minor carries a $300 fine. Possession of alcohol by
someone under 21 is ...
Smoking in casinos
Joliet (IL) Herald-News, March 8, 2012
Should the state of Illinois allow smoking at casinos to help attract
Park eyes crackdown on teen drinking, smoking, drug use
TribLocal (IL) - March 6, 2012
Currently, those who are not visibly intoxicated or in possession of
alcohol aren't ... also targets teens seen smoking or in possession
considers tobacco-free campus policy
TribLocal (IL) - March 6, 2012
Smokers who go to school or teach on College of DuPage campuses will
have to get their tobacco fix before heading to class if a smoke-free
proposal is approved by the colleges board this spring.
For a fee, smoking
Jacksonville (IL) Journal Courier - February 10, 2012
What happened to the state's overriding concern about the health
of people inhaling second-hand smoke, which was the justification for
the smoke free act?...
to rollback smoking ban introduced in Illinois House
Quincy (IL) Herald Whig - February 10, 2012
Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, would allow communities to issue
permits to bars, casinos and a few other establishments to allow smoking
legislators oppose state smoking ban exemption
Northern Star Online - February 8, 2012
Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, introduced legislation that would
amend the Smoke-Free Illinois Act. The legislation would allow municipalities
looks to lift smoking bans
Dekalb (IL) Daily Chronicle - Feb 6, 2012
Povlsen long has supported banning smoking in public places, ... department
is responsible for enforcing the smoking ban and allowing exemptions
could make ...
Ill. smoking ban restrictions?
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA - January 30, 2012
An Illinois lawmaker is proposing legislation that would loosen the
state's smoking ban restrictions in bars and casinos.
As of 2012,
for Nonsmokers' Rights reports that 39 states and the District of
Columbia have local laws in effect that require non-hospitality workplaces,
restaurants or bars to be 100 percent smoke free. ...
lawmaker proposes local, licensed exceptions for smoking ban
By BRIANNA EHLEY - Lee News Service Writer | Posted: Sunday, January
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois lawmakers once again are trying to snuff out
portions of the state's public smoking ban. State Rep. Anthony DeLuca,
D-Chicago, is pushing legislation that would allow casinos and bars
to apply for smoking licenses that would exempt them from the current
ban, which has prohibited smoking in all indoor public places since
proposes smoke-free campus
Daily Illini - November 8, 2011
University students will have the chance to weigh in on the issue of
a smoke-free campus Tuesday and Wednesday in a referendum vote. ...
smoking in nursing homes
Chicago Sun-Times, October 27, 2011
A proposed Chicago ordinance to allow smoking rooms in nursing homes
threatens the health of some of our citys most vulnerable residents
holds off on smoking ban
Danville Commercial News - Kim Luttrell - October 12, 2011
BY KIM LUTTRELL Commercial-News WESTVILLE Trustee Darren VanDuyn
presented council members with a proposed smoking ban ordinance Tuesday
on the Street: Smoking scofflaws have a rural character
Peoria Journal Star - John Sharp - Chris Kaergard - Sep 18, 2011
Three years and nine months after the Smoke-Free Illinois Act went into
effect, banning smoking in virtually all public ...
Charles tobacco shop can keep indoor lounge
Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, 2011-09-12
In the last week, cigars at the indoor cigar smoking lounge at the
Bear & Bull tobacco shop in St. Charles have probably been lit for
a taste test as well as a triumph. ...
Club Fights for Smoking Ban Enforcement
WSIL TV - Stephanie Tyrpak - September 2, 2011
In December of 2008, Mayor Butler sent the city's liquor licensees a
letter saying any violation of the smoking ban could end with losing
your license. ...
Galesburg (IL) Register-Mail (blog) - Tom Loewy - August 15, 2011
West's victory could have serious ramifications for the city's smoking
ban by making it difficult to prosecute bartenders or liquor license
holders for ...
don't need smoking
Chicago Tribune - August 1, 2011
Opponents of the Smoke Free Illinois Act (signed into law four years
ago last Saturday) argued that gambling and smoking went hand-in-hand
and they ...
Plaines casino opens to jam-packed crowds
Gamblers asked to consider delaying their visit
By Jennifer Delgado and Robert McCoppin, Tribune reporters
Chicago Tribune, July 19, 2011
She fought traffic. She even found a place to park. But what really
pained 70-year-old Gail Haarmans was that she had to wait to find a
place to sit and play the slots with her husband.
Opinion: Smoking ban is not what ails casinos
The State Journal-Register - June 30, 2011
So in the interest of getting ahead of the inevitable next round of
attacks on the state's indoor smoking ban from the Illinois casino crowd,
we call to your attention a study published online this month in the
journal Tobacco Control. ...
ban didn't hurt Illinois casinos, study says
STLtoday.com - June 28, 2011
Ever since Illinois implemented a smoking ban in January 2008, the state's
casinos have been lobbying for an exemption. As Kevin McDermott reported
in March, the industry blames the ban for as much as $800 million in
lost revenue. ...
Smokers Beware: Palatine To Begin Ticketing
Patch.com - Brian Slupski - June 27, 2011
Fines for those who violate the Smoke Free Illinois Act begin at $100,
Palatine Police Chief John Koziol said. Palatine sent a letter to downtown
businesses earlier this month warning enforcement was coming by Monday,
June 27. ...
Lenox Expands State Smoking Ban
Patch.com - Michael Sewall - June 21, 2011
The ordinance bans smoking in retail tobacco shops, which are currently
exempt under state law. By Michael Sewall | Email the author | 6:00am
Village employee Mike Turley speaks to the Board of Trustees on Monday
night. Just a couple weeks after a ...
smokes out why casinos see fewer people
Alton Telegraph - Andrew Thomason - May 11, 2011
SPRINGFIELD - Don't blame a 3-year-old statewide smoking ban for the
drop in casino revenue. Blame high gasoline prices instead. A study
by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis
shows that only 24 ...
makes it lawful to smoke in tobacco stores
Regional News - Kevin Olsen - May 5, 2011
The Orland Park smoking ban is now less restrictive after the Village
Board approved changes to the ordinance, which put it in line with state
statute. Trustees discussed making changes to lessen the restrictions
on smoking in
considers easing smoking ban for some buildings
TribLocal - Dennis Sullivan - April 21, 2011
Orland Park permits smoking in only one business, Bellicoso Cigar Lounge,
15443 S. 94th Avenue, which was in existence prior to the municipal
smoking ban ordinance. Committee members, with Chairman Jim Dodge participating
Opinion: Don't allow smoking in casinos
The State Journal-Register - April 12, 2011
The latest and most egregious example came March 29, when the Illinois
House voted 62-52 for a bill that would exempt casinos from the smoking
ban. We're putting our boats, our casinos at a competitive disadvantage.
It's not fair they have been good ...
in Galesburg anticipate smoking ban rollback
Peoria Journal Star - Eric Timmons - April 11, 2011
Some city officials are predicting a rollback of the state's smoking
ban that could allow smoking to return to bars. I see that coming
down the pipe, said Galesburg Police Department Capt. Rod Riggs
at Monday's meeting of the city's ...
Our View: Make smoking ban reversal for riverboats temporary
Rockford (IL) Register-Star, 2011-04-07
We're no fans of smoking -- or gambling -- but there's a lot of revenue
at stake for a state that is nearly broke. Illinois casinos are heavily
taxed, as are smokers. The two vices account for a lot of tax dollars.
Don't exempt casinos from smoking ban
Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph, 2011-04-03
Changing state law to allow smoking in riverboat casinos would be a
step backward a step that would put revenue above public health
and open the door to more exceptions to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act.
Keep riverboats smoke-free
Chicago Sun-Times - April 3, 2011
The poor economy was cited as the biggest reason, but the commission
also noted that Illinois' revenue losses were greater than those of
neighboring states, in part because of the smoking ban. All the same,
we can't see a sufficient justification to ...
Illinois smoking ban under attack
Chicago Tribune, 2011-04-02
The 2007 law is under attack: On Tuesday, the Illinois House passed
a bill to allow smoking in Illinois casinos. ...
back state smoking ban would be a first in U.S.
McDonough Voice, April 1, 2011
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Houses vote last week to exempt casinos
from the 2008 Smoke Free Illinois Act could lead to a first in the nations
history the first time a state has weakened a statewide smoking
... While some states have strengthened their smoke-free laws since
their passing, none have gone back to repeal sections of such a law
or to carve out exemptions, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights,
a national anti-smoking lobbying group.
In nearly every case, once laws (smoking bans) are enacted, they
are extremely popular with the public and they dont want to give
them up, said Annie Tegen, senior program manager for the group.
Proposal to lift ban a fiasco
(IL) State Journal-Register, 2011-04-01
Stan Zielinski Springfield / Daniel R. Morra, M.D. Breese
The sponsoring legislator behind this fiasco appears to have his own
agenda and is willing to compromise his ethics to get this bill passed.
(Could this have anything to do with the possibility of a new casino
coming to his city?) Now the politicians have rammed this legislation
through the House and on to the doorstep of the Senate. Will they walk
in lockstep and pass this appalling bill to exempt smoking in casinos?
Moreover, the disappointing decision by our own local representatives
helped pass this bill -- for shame! ...
Keep Illinois smoke free
Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, 2011-04-02
Helen Clark Algonquin
Once again, Tom Swoik, the executive director for the Illinois Gaming
Casino Association, is jumping up and down claiming lost revenue for
the Grand Victoria Casino due to the smoking ban. Wake up, Tom. We are
in a recession. The smoking ban is not totally responsible for the lost
revenue the Illinois casinos are experiencing. ...
health before wealth
Chicago Tribune March 31, 2011
No one will be surprised to read that family physicians are incredibly
disappointed with the Illinois House of Representatives for passing
HB 1965 to needlessly put secondhand smoke back into Illinois casinos
that border states that do not yet have a ...
approves smoking in Illinois casinos
Quad-City (IA) Times, 2011-03-30
After a three-year absence, smoking could return to Illinois casinos.
Queen GM: Smoking ban exemption will help level the playing field
Belleville (IL) News-Democrat, 2011-03-30
EAST ST. LOUIS -- The general manager at the Casino Queen said the
Illinois House's vote to pass an exemption of the state's smoking ban
will only help level the playing field for the metro-east casino. ...
groups rally against Ill. House bills
Associated Press (AP), 2011-03-30
Anti-smoking groups are ramping up efforts to kill three Illinois House
bills that would diminish the state's smoking ban. ...
panel seeks end to casino smoking
Topeka Capital Journal - Tim Carpenter - March 18, 2011
Chairwoman Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, said the committee rejected the
idea of creating an exemption to the statewide smoking ban that would
permit people to smoke in businesses that sell lottery tickets. "A
majority of the committee was not interested ...
a smoking license?
KMOX.com - March 18, 2011
Dan Burkes bill would make casinos an outright exception to Smoke
Free Illinois, while a bill sponsored by State Rep. Andre Thapedi (D-Chicago)
would restrict smoking to certain rooms of casinos. The American Cancer
Society and American Lung ...
Seeks to End Video Gambling in Illinois
NBC Chicago - Sandra Torres - March 17, 2011
Photo Poll: Should Illinois Lift the Smoking Ban? A spokesman for Cullerton
tells the Sun-Times that the law has not generated any money for the
capital program, therefore he proposes a different way to generate revenue.
Cullerton proposes raising the ...
Legislature eyes cigarette tax, smoking ban exemption
Quincy Herald Whig - Doug Wilson - March 17, 2011
Illinois smokers and bar owners don't know whether to applaud or dive
for cover as the General Assembly deals with bills that would either
hike cigarette taxes or ease the 3-year-old smoking ban in some businesses.
Smoking Ban Be Lifted in Bars to Increase State Taxes?
Patch.com - Ben Gross - March 17, 2011
Among them, a proposal to end the indoor smoking bans for some locations.
The thinking is that lifting the prohibition, which went into effect
more than three years ago in order to protect people from second-hand
smoke, would entice people back to ...
Village Board notes Briefs
Skokie Review - March 14, 2011
Approved an amendment to the village's no-smoking ordinance, which limited
smoking in all indoor facilities open to the public with four exemptions
-- one allowing smoking in retail tobacco stores. The amendment prohibits
future retail tobacco stores ...
Would Exempt Casinos and Bars From Smoking Ban
WJBD Online - March 11, 2011
(Springfield, IL) -- Casino's and bars may soon be exempt from the statewide
smoking ban. Two bills are making their way through the legislature,
if passed, one will allow smoking on river boat casinos. The other will
give local liquor commissioners ...
to Lift Smoking Ban in Casinos, Bars Ignites in Springfield
Patch.com - Michael Adain Carroll - March 11, 2011
Sent to the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday
was HB1965, a bill that would lift the ban on smoking in all gaming
facilities established close to another state that is yet to pass a
smoking ban. The provision would sunset if or ...
Sides on Illinois' Smoking Debate
New proposals draw a line in the side
NBC Chicago, 2011-03-10
On Wednesday, the question resurfaced when a House committee approved
proposals that would tweak the current ban signed into law by former
Gov. Rod Blagojevich. ...
Why Illinois Shouldn't Lift the Smoking Ban
NBC Chicago, 2011-03-10
The Illinois House just opened the door for smoking to return to some
bars and casinos...
Modify Illinois business smoking ban
Champaign (IL) News-Gazette, 2011-03-10
Business owners are pushing for the right to allow smoking in their
tweaks smoking ban, but Cigar King still steamed
TribLocal - Brian L. Cox - March 9, 2011
The world of smokers got a little smaller this week after Skokie officials
voted to close a loophole in the village's seven-year-old smoking ban
that had ...
to loosen smoking restrictions to be considered by Illinois House
The State Journal-Register - Doug Finke - March 10, 2011
Two exemptions to Illinois' indoor smoking ban are going before the
Illinois House. One would allow smoking in the state's casinos. The
other would allow local governments to issue smoking licenses to bars
Casino Workers May Soon Be Exposed To Secondhand Smoke
Casino Gambling Web, 2011-03-10
Posted By Terry Goodwin Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
Illinois lawmakers played the charade for a while that all indoor workers
in the state should be protected by a smoking ban. Now, however, lawmakers
are starting to change their tune, recommending that casino workers
be put back at risk for the dangers of secondhand smoke. ...
to ease smoking restrictions under consideration
Harrisburg Daily Register (blog) - Eric Fodor - March 8, 2011
A couple of bills in the General Assembly would ease restrictions on
smoking in public places.
A news release from International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers
Association, a lobbying group for the tobacco industry, indicated two
bills would allow smoking in gambling businesses and some places with
liquor licenses ...
ban's impact on store owners debated
TribLocal - Brian L. Cox - February 8, 2011
Jordan Hirsh, owner of The Cigar King tobacco store in Skokie, wants
village lawmakers to butt out of his business.
The village is considering an ordinance that would close a loophole
in Skokies seven-year-old smoking ban that allows people to light
up in retail tobacco stores, such as the Cigar King.
The Skokie businessman said the change could rob him of his retirement.
The new ordinance would outlaw smoking in retail tobacco stories. But
the Cigar King and the Kush Hookah Lounge smoking bar in the 3300 block
of Dempster Street would both be grandfathered meaning
they could remain open and allow smoking ...
casino owners watch Illinois plan wither
Gary Post Tribune - Carrie Napoleon - January 14, 2011
BY CARRIE NAPOLEON, POST-TRIBUNE CORRESPONDENT
Northwest Indiana casino owners are keeping a watchful eye on the failed
-- for now -- Illinois gaming expansion.
Larry J. Buck, senior vice president and general manager of Majestic
Star Casinos & Hotel, said the size of the gaming expansion in the
bill, five new casinos and up to 28,000 slots at racetracks, worked
against the measure. ...
told to stop smoking or move
UPI.com - January 5, 2011
CHICAGO, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A firm that manages eight Chicago apartment
buildings says it is turning one of its properties into a smoke-free
structure, forcing tenants to kick the habit.
The Habitat Co. has told renters at Kingsbury Plaza in the city's River
North area they have to stop smoking in 2011 or move, the Chicago Tribune
About 15 percent of the tenants at the 420-unit building are smokers,
the management company said.
Once the transition year ends, a first violation of the smoking ban
will cost tenants $350. A second violation will result in eviction.
If the transition at Kingsbury is successful, Habitat said it might
create a smoke-free environment in its other buildings ...
looks to squeeze more revenue from gambling
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - January 4, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -The Illinois Legislature is kicking off 2011 with
a renewed push for slot machines at horse racetracks, prompting a warning
from the president of the Casino Queen at East St. Louis that such a
move would further harm an already wounded casino industry.
Lawmakers returned to Springfield on Monday, with plans to meet all
week in a final "lame duck" session of the 96th General Assembly
held over from last year. The new 97th General Assembly will be sworn
in Jan. 12, with both chambers still under Democratic control ...
... But Casino Queen President Timothy Rand told the House Executive
Committee Monday that his business is already reeling from the smoking
ban, which, he says, ...
casino smoking has enough support, Chicago Dem says
WLS-TV ABC7 (Chicago, IL), 2010-11-30
CHICAGO (WLS) - Chicago Democratic Rep. Andrew Thapedi is convinced
he has the votes to pass legislation to allow gamblers to smoke on riverboat
On Monday an Illinois House committee approved the measure. Thapedi
tells WLS he isn't sure when he's going to call for a vote on the HB
1850 saying he'd like to hear from the public first. The Illinois General
Assembly's veto session ends this week and he may postpone the vote
until January. ...
would allow smoking rooms in casinos
LaSalle News Tribune - Matthew Baker - November 30, 2010
Supporters of a pair of competing bills to lift the ban on smoking
in Illinoiss riverboat casinos and other gaming facilities say
it could fill state coffers and make smokers happy.
The reason for it is money, money, money, said state Rep.
Daniel Burke (D-Chicago).
Burkes bill (HB1846) would allow smoking in gaming facilities
as long as smoking is not banned in gaming facilities located
in the nearest neighboring state.
The Executive Committee approved a similar measure (HB1850) Monday
from Rep. Andre Thapedi (D-Chicago) that would permit the states
nine riverboat casinos to set up segregated, enclosed smoking areas.
Its now up to the representatives to call for a vote on their
bills on the House floor. ...
Pitch New Casino Smoking Change
WCCU FOX 55/27 (Champaign, IL), 2010-11-29
Benjamin Yount Illinois Statehouse News
If Illinois lawmakers don't roll-back the state's smoking ban for casinos,
they may just allow the riverboats to build special smoking sections.
A second proposal to scale back Illinois' statewide smoking ban cleared
its first statehouse hurdle on Monday. The legislation from State Rep.
Andre Thapdei, D-Chicago, would allow Illinois' nine casinos to build
designated smoking rooms, complete with ventilation systems, for gamblers
who want to light-up while they play.
Thapedi said after two years it is clear that gamblers who used to
lay-down bets in Illinois are crossing the border to gamble and smoke.
"The Federal Reserve bank's researchers [have] opined that Illinois
loses approximately $200 million in revenue by barring smokers from
smoking in Illinois casinos." ...
ban should remain for all casinos
Bloomington Pantagraph - November 23, 2010
At the same time the federal government is rolling out plans for new,
more graphic warnings on cigarette packages, Illinois lawmakers are
considering a step backwards: lifting the ban on smoking in casinos.
Some very explicit, almost gruesome pictures may be necessary,
Margaret Hamburg, Food and Drug Administration commissioner, told The
She was explaining the reason for the new warning labels, which are
open for public comment. But perhaps Illinois lawmakers and casino
operators need to look at those gruesome photos, too.
Among the proposed labels are one that shows a man with a tracheotomy
smoking a cigarette and another depicting rotting and diseased teeth
and gums. The labels also carry such messages as Cigarettes cause
cancer and Smoking can kill you.
Another helpful label although its not on the FDAs
drawing board could be one depicting a bill showing the healthcare
costs that result from smoking, including illnesses from second-hand
When the Smoke-Free Illinois Act was signed in 2007 (taking effect
in 2008), the governors office estimated that about $3.2 billion
in medical expenses annually could be attributed to smoking in Illinois.
Such costs seem to be overlooked by those advocating modifications
to the smoking ban to improve the bottom line of casinos.
We dont deny that the smoking ban carries some costs. A recently
released report from the General Assemblys Commission on Government
Forecasting and Accountability said the states share of gambling
revenue from horse racing, the lottery and riverboat casinos was just
over $1 billion in fiscal year 2010, a 4.5 percent drop from FY2009.
The commission said the lions share of the drop could be attributed
to casinos and placed a big part of the blame on the smoking ban ...
Opinion: No smoking exemption for casinos
The State Journal-Register - Nov 20, 2010
In two months, Illinois will mark a pair of significant third anniversaries.
Jan. 1 will mark the third anniversary of the Smoke Free Illinois Act,
the landmark public health law that banned smoking in virtually all
indoor public places in Illinois.
It also will be the third anniversary of the Illinois gambling industrys
effort to portray the ban as a business killer from which casinos should
be exempt. While all other employees and business patrons in the state
deserve protection from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, the
casino industry believes its employees and customers do not.
Were not in the least surprised, therefore, that this falls
veto session of the Illinois General Assembly brings with it yet another
attempt by casinos to exempt themselves from the most important public
health law in decades. This seasons effort comes in the form of
House Bill 1846, which would exempt casinos if smoking is not
banned in gaming facilities located in the nearest neighboring state.
If the neighboring state bans indoor smoking, the exemption would end,
according to the bill.
We wonder if anyone affiliated with this bill has taken a look at some
of the casinos in our neighboring states and compared them to those
in Illinois. Do they honestly believe that gamblers choose, to cite
one nearby example, the sleek and palatial Lumiere Place in St. Louis
over the Casino Queen in East St. Louis solely because smoking is allowed
at Lumiere Place? ...
Don't support smoking ban exemption for casinos
Peoria Journal Star - Nov 20, 2010
Special interests are hard at work in Illinois trying to destroy the
Smoke-Free Illinois Act, which has protected our state's citizens and
workers since it became the law on Jan. 1, 2008. During the first day
of the November veto session, the Illinois House Executive Committee
voted to support HB 1846, which would provide exemption from the Smoke-Free
Illinois Act for Illinois casinos.
All casino workers and patrons deserve to breathe smoke-free air and
we must fight to continue that protection. The casinos are claiming
that the Smoke-Free Illinois Act - not the economic challenges of the
past year - is responsible for a decline in their revenue. And despite
polling that shows 84 percent of Illinois voters support Smoke-Free
Illinois, lawmakers are considering putting the health of our citizens
There is no doubt that cigarettes and secondhand smoke kill. In 2008,
Illinois passed the most comprehensive Smoke-Free Act in the country,
setting an example for other states to protect the health of their population.
It is legislation for which we should all be proud, and the American
Cancer Society will not stand by to see the health of any person or
employee in the state threatened through a reversal of the law. ...
session: Second week could be frenzy or fizzle
The State Journal-Register - Doug Finke, Chris Wetterich - Nov 20, 2010
During the first week of its fall veto session, the Illinois General
Assembly passed none of the controversial measures that were talked
about before the veto session. In each case, the sponsors still are
trying to herd enough members together to pass their legislation.
Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, said the addition
of days in Januarys lame-duck session before a new General Assembly
is sworn in could mean bills wont be called for a vote until then.
Sometimes when theres a lot of expectations, things tend
to fizzle out because maybe its trying to accomplish too much,
too fast, she said. It has been a relatively quiet week.
Lawmakers return to Springfield the week of Nov. 29 for the final three
days of the six-day veto session ...
Big mistake to allow smoking in state casinos
Sauk Valley (IL) Newspapers, 2010-11-18
Kathleen L. Grady, Chicago
If Illinois begins to exempt some public places from the smoke-free
law, where do we draw the line? . . .
Please ask your state representative to double down on
your health by voting no on House Bill 1846. It is time
for the casino industry to consider the health of its workers and patrons
and to fold its hand. Illinois casino workers and patrons are
best served if we keep our smoke-free law intact. ...
pondering returning smoking to casinos
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - November 17, 2010
UPDATE, 3:10 pm -- The measure to exempt the state's casinos from the
smoking ban passed the House Executive Committee today on a 9-1 vote.
Several of the ``yes'' votes specified that they have problems with
the bill and were merely voting to send it on for a full floor debate,
a common practice. It now goes to the full House.
Among the witnesses was a Casino Queen lobbyist who argued, as other
proponents do, that Illinois has lost some $500 million in two years
to competition from neighboring states where smoking in the casinos
is allowed. They revealed that about 20 state lawmakers toured the Queen
and Lumiere in St. Louis on Monday to see for themselves the difference
in foot traffic.
Speaking against the measure was the American Heart Association, the
American Cancer Society and the Illinois Department of Public Health,
which argued that it's not clear the smoking ban is responsible for
the revenue loss -- and that, in any case, it's peanuts next to the
$4 billion-plus in health care costs to Illinois from smoking. They
also argued the exception would be unfair to bars and others that would
still be under the smoking ban.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers this afternoon are expected
to take up a bill that would roll back the state's new smoking ban in
Illinois recently banned smoking in all public indoor venues, including
gaming facilities. The gaming industry claims that ban has put Illinois
casinos at a competitive disadvantage with those of neighboring states
like Missouri ...
Could Return To Casinos In Illinois
777.com - Jeremy Hopkins - November 17, 2010
Some parts of the state could have different laws to others, an expert
Legislators in Illinois will soon pass a judgement on a proposal to
overturn the smoking ban in the state's casinos.
House Bill 1864 is to be discussed by law makers in the region, with
some local figureheads calling for an abolishment of the rule.
Billy McDaniel, mayor of Metropolis, says he would like to see tobacco
make a return to the poker tables, slot machines and roulette wheels
Our View: Illinois a slacker in anti-smoking effort
FDA wants graphic image on cigarette packs ... and then?
Rockford (IL) Register-Star, 2010-11-15
While the federal government requires ever more menacing warning labels
for cigarettes, states like Illinois are gutting their tobacco prevention
It's a horrible dichotomy . . .
In Illinois alone, $4.1 billion in annual health care costs is directly
caused by smoking, the Tobacco-Free Kids group says.
Illinois wasn't always a slacker in tobacco prevention. Ten years ago
Winnebago County was a pilot site for a youth anti-smoking program called
"I Decide." . . .
Illinois should stop raiding tobacco prevention money and acting as
if the 19,600 kids in Illinois who become new smokers every day isn't
a crisis, too. ...
gambling revenue plummets
Northwest Herald - Doug Finke - November 12, 2010
SPRINGFIELD State revenue from gambling in the past fiscal year
was the lowest in 10 years, the result of both the poor economy and
Illinois indoor smoking ban, a new report said.
The report came as state lawmakers are preparing a bill that calls
for a massive expansion of gaming, adding four new casinos and allowing
slot machines at horse racing tracks. The bill is expected to be considered
during the General Assemblys six-day veto session that begins
In its annual report on Illinois gaming, the legislatures bipartisan
Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability said that in
the past fiscal year, the states share of gambling revenue dropped
to just over $1 billion, a 4.5 percent decrease from the previous year.
The report attributed the drop almost entirely to decreasing
revenue from the states nine riverboat casinos. Revenue from the
state lottery and horse racing the other forms of legal wagering
in Illinois both were flat, the report said.
According to the COGFA analysis, the lousy economy and competition
from other states played a role in the dramatic turnaround
in riverboat receipts in the past three years. ...
Renters Willing to Pay More for Smoke-Free Housing
PR Newswire (press release) - November 9, 2010
CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent citywide survey commissioned
by the Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project shows that nearly a third
of all renters (32 percent) in Chicago would be willing to pay more
rent to live in smoke-free buildings.
These findings coincide with an emerging trend in the Chicago rental
market whereby landlords and property managers are converting their
rental properties to "non-smoking," according to Maurice Ortiz,
marketing director of the Apartment People, an apartment-finding and
listing service with nearly 30,000 rental clients each year.
Studies have revealed that the cost of turning over an apartment at
the end of the lease can be as much as 90 percent higher when the unit
has been occupied by a smoking tenant. But it's not just the cost savings
that have property managers' attention: "Environmentally-friendly
and health conscious properties are simply easier to rent," says
The Chicago study reflects a growing awareness among prospective renters
of the dangers of secondhand smoke, with 88 percent of those surveyed
ranking secondhand smoke as a serious health hazard. "That awareness
is shaping attitudes towards healthier lifestyles relative to tobacco
exposure and a strong desire to live, work and play in smoke-free environments,"
said Dave Fako, whose firm has conducted numerous polls in Illinois
and other states on attitudes towards tobacco during the past decade.
This poll involved a random sampling of 400 adult renters within the
city of Chicago.
The survey also found that nearly half of all renters say they would
be more likely to rent an apartment or unit in a completely smoke-free
building where smoking is prohibited in indoor common areas and individual
units (47 percent). By comparison, 31 percent say it would make no difference
and only 20 percent would be less likely to rent on those terms ...
delay vote on e-cigarette restrictions
The State Journal-Register - November 2, 2010
Springfield aldermen Tuesday put off voting on a proposal that would
have prohibited the sale of electronic cigarettes to those under the
age of 18.
Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman, who proposed the restriction, requested the
item be sent back to committee because a supporter from the Sangamon
County Medical Society couldnt attend the meeting.
Known as e-cigarettes, the products are similar in size
to a regular cigarette. When a smoker inhales, a battery-operated
atomizer releases nicotine, flavorings and liquid vapor. Manufacturers
say they dont contain as many harmful chemicals as cigarettes
in Print: Keeping e-cigs out of the hands of minors
The State Journal-Register - October 24, 2010
...As electronic cigarettes -- devices that deliver a nicotine fix
without the smoke -- gain popularity across the country, one Springfield
alderman wants to prevent them from being sold to minors in the capital
Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman has proposed a citywide ban on the sale of
electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to anyone under
the age of 18.
The proposed ordinance also would eliminate outdated language in the
city code that allows the sale of tobacco, tobacco products and smoking
paraphernalia or e-cigarettes to minors if they have permission from
their parent or guardian.
Springs Passes Smoking Ordinance
thejournal-news.net - John M. Galer - October 7, 2010
The Taylor Springs Village Board became the first municipality in Montgomery
County to pass a smoking regulation ordinance Tuesday evening. The vote
followed information and discussion at the last two board meetings and
passed on a 3-1 vote.
Voting in favor were Kim Micklevitz, Jim Washburn and Kevin Prickett.
Ken Ondrey was the only no vote, while board members Elvin Saathoff
and Ryan McCarty were not present.
The ordinance, No. 503, regulates smoking in the village, and is stricter
than Illinois state statutes regulating smoking. Village Attorney Barbarba
Adams drew up the new ordinance ...
Ban Discussed By Taylor Springs Board
thejournal-news.net - John M. Galer - September 23, 2010
The Village of Taylor Springs Board met Tuesday evening at the Village
Mayor Carl Hallers brought up an ordinance for a smoking ban for the
He asked the board to read and discuss the ordinance and to be prepared
to vote for or against the proposalat the next meeting .
Atty. Adams, presented a draft copy she prepared for the board, which
she stated was 90% the same as the Illinois state statute.
"Ours can be no less restrictive than state law," she said.
In the proposed ordinance fines for a person who operates or owns a
public place which allows smoking would be fined $250 for the first
offense, $500 for the second violation within one year, and $2,500 for
each additional violation within one year ...
N. LAKE SHORE DRIVEILLINOIS' FIRST SMOKE- CONDOMINIUM
NHD Buzz (press release) - September 13, 2010
CHICAGOCondominium owners at 1418 N. Lake Shore Drive, a luxury
28-unit high-rise on the Gold Coast, have voted to become Illinois
first smoke-free condo building by prohibiting cigarette, cigar, pipe
or any other smoking in the propertys common areas and individual
Smoke-free apartment and condominium buildings are becoming the wave
of the future as the serious health effects of environmental tobacco
smoke (ETS), or secondhand smoke, have become better understood, real
estate experts say.
Transforming 1418 North Lake Shore Drive into a smoke-free building
represents an on-going green trend at the upscale high-rise, which was
built as a luxury condominium building in 1981, noted ,
said Brian Lozell, Assistant Vice President of DK Condo, the management
firm for the 1418 North Lake Shore Drive Condominium Association. DK
Condo is a Draper and Kramer Incorporated company.
Along with offering a healthier living environment for residents
and their guests, the vote to prohibit smoking at 1418 North Lake Shore
Drive also complies with the Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control (ETSC),
a pre-requisite for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
certification by the United States Green Building Council, said
cracks down on hookah 'super-bars'
Chicago Sun-Times, 2010-07-20
FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
When Chicago banned smoking in bars and restaurants five years ago,
it inadvertently created a loophole exploited by hookah bars that serve
They turned into "super-bars" that allow patrons, some of
them under-age, to bring in their own liquor and food or have food delivered.
Some even offered live music without the required public place of amusement
On Tuesday, the loophole originally intended for cigar and tobacco
shop sampling was closed.
At the behest of North Side Aldermen Pat O'Connor (40th) and Marge
Laurino (39th), the City Council's Zoning Committee agreed to require
hookah bars to obtain "special use permits" that need authorization
from local residents and the Zoning Board of Appeals.
"If the neighborhood had an opportunity to say whether this is
a use they wanted, most likely it would be no," O'Connor said.
"There's under-age drinkers that go in. When people leave, it's
like taverns used to be: loud, disruptive to the neighborhood....It
basically becomes like private clubhouses for kids who couldn't go into
a bar and drink legally." ...
County decides against enacting outdoor smoking ban
Chicago Daily Herald - James Fuller - June 15, 2010
Smokers in Kane County can breathe easy now that county board members
snuffed out a call for a ban on outdoor smoking Tuesday.
The county began researching a potential ban after a private citizen
from Aurora approached the county board's development committee last
month. Stacy Blaszak told the committee members she has a respiratory
condition and outdoor smoking often impinges on her right and need to
breathe as well as compromises her health and the health of babies and
County staffers spent the last month researching any precedent for
an outdoor smoking ban. At the most, communities have addressed the
issue by inserting a clause into their public nuisance laws to address
any unusual circumstances involving smoking, the staff reported.
evelopment Director Mark VanKerkhoff said even organizations with missions
to curb smoking said they only get a few of inquiries a year about how
to institute an outdoor or residential smoking ban. ...
on smoking ban near hospitals tabled
Jun 15, 2010
BY JAMES D. WOLF JR., POST-TRIBUNE CORRESPONDENT
VALPARAISO -- The possibility of restricting smoking in public areas
near hospitals hit a glitch Monday. The City Council tabled voting for
the change in the city's smoking ordinance, which restricts smoking
in public businesses, buildings a...
to review question on smoking ban
Published: 12:00 AM May 19, 2010
By NICK SWEDBERG For Sun-Times Media
GENEVA -- After hearing a complaint from one community member, Kane
County will review whether a ban on outdoor public smoking in neighborhoods
has been attempted in other communities -- or if it's even constitutional.
looks at local smoking ban
Peoria Journal Star - Kevin Sampier - May 12, 2010
Canton is considering a city ordinance that would mirror the state's
smoking ban so local police would have more control over enforcement.
still haggling over smoking ban
Published: 04:00 AM May 11,2010
BY CARRIE NAPOLEON, POST-TRIBUNE CORRESPONDENT
LOWELL -- The third in a series of public work sessions Monday held
to gauge the content of a proposed smoking ban produced little constructive
input. While several individuals supporting a smoking ban came out to
have their say, opponents of...
see support for ban on smoking
Published: 04:00 AM May 10, 2010
BY CARRIE NAPOLEON, POST-TRIBUNE CORRESPONDENT
LOWELL -- More people responded to a questionnaire about whether they
would support a town ban on smoking than voted in the Tuesday primary.
"That to me is very telling," said Town Council President
Phillip Kuiper. Kuiper would lik...
to help CHA tenants kick habit
Chicago Sun-Times - Monifa Thomas - April 23, 2010
The Chicago Housing Authority's Roosevelt Square development will gradually
go smoke-free as part of a federally funded pilot program announced
Under the proposed plan, new tenants in the West Side development would
have the option of choosing a smoke-free residence. And smokers already
living in Roosevelt Square who want to quit would be paired with CHA
residents trained as smoking-cessation counselors. ...
could expand county's smoke-free zone
Aurora Beacon News - Nick Swedberg - April 8, 2010
GENEVA -- The Kane County Human Services Committee briefly discussed
a proposal Wednesday to expand the existing smoke-free rule for county
buildings to include the entire campus. Concerns over smoke drifting
into county buildings from nearby smokers in part prompted the proposal.
Some board members huffed and puffed over the extent of such a ban.
"We're not entirely blazing a new trail. It's just for discussion,"
said committee chairman Mark Davoust.
The county Health Department and Kane County Animal Control already
have campus-wide bans, and this would be a logical progression, Davoust
may target smoking ban
Galesburg (IL) Register-Mail, 2010-04-04
ERIC TIMMONS The Register-Mail
City officials are planning a crackdown on smokers who flout the ban
on lighting up in bars and public places.
Aldermen will discuss a proposal Monday that would allow the city to
enforce violations of the state smoking ban under its municipal code.
The city would issue administrative tickets for violations of the smoking
law, which bans smoking in bars, restaurants and other public places.
Enforcement of the state smoking ban, which was instituted over two
years ago, has been patchy. But if the proposal to allow administrative
tickets to be administered for smoking violations is approved by the
City Council, it would make it easier for local police to enforce the
smoking ban gets teeth
Stark County News - Amy Beaver - March 17, 2010
The Stark County Board passed an update to their food ordinance during
last Mondays regular meeting in order to help add some teeth to
the no smoking ban passed in Illinois last year.
The State of Illinois passed a law, but gave no direction on
how to enforce it, said Health Department representative Kurt
Kuchle With this addition, the county can now make an even playing
field of all businesses in Stark County.
The resolution allows the health department to rescind the food license
to any establishment not enforcing the no smoking ban.
Restaurant and bar owners will have 10 days to request a hearing
or 30 days to pay their fine after a citation has been issued.
Said Kuchle, who enforces the ban in Stark County, If they dont
then the health department can remove their right to serve food in their
Many supporters of this change showed up to voice their opinion.
Currently, there are five establishments in Stark County that
are not following the no smoking ban, said Kuchle, in fact
a few are blatantly ignoring citations and fines.
We arent arguing if the smoking ban is right or not,
said Kuchle, that argument has passed. It is the law of the land
now and we need to enforce it. ...
wants ban on E Cigarettes
Chicago Defender, 2010-03-15
Cigarettes containing no tobacco, but create a vapor similar to smoke,
are on a state Sen. Mattie Hunter's, D-3rd Dist., ban list.
She is sponsoring legislation that will ban electronic or E-Cigarettes
throughout the state. . . .
"Electronic cigarettes have not been approved by the (U.S. Food
and Drug Administration) and we don't know what is in them or if they
are safe. Until these types of products are deemed certified or legal
to sell by the FDA, they should be banned throughout Illinois,"
said Hunter, vice-chair of the state's Senate Public Health Committee.
of residents shows 80 percent pro-smoke ban
Published: 04:00 AM Mar 13,2010
BY CARRIE NAPOLEON, POST-TRIBUNE CORRESPONDENT
LOWELL -- It appears a majority of residents here are in favor of a
smoking ban, according to the early results of a recent survey conducted
by town officials. About 80 percent of the respondents to the survey
say they would be in favor of a ...
Smoking Ban in Chillicothe
Central Illinois Proud - Bret Lemoine - February 23, 2010
CHILLICOTHE - The city of Chillicothe is cracking down on businesses
that are not complying with the state smoking ban. Beginning tomorrow,
Chillicothe will "tie" the state smoking ban to a bars liquor
license. If a pub or restaurant is not in compliance, the liquor commissioner
could take away their liquor license. ....
adopts smoke-ban measure
Lincoln Courier, 2010-02-18
Lincoln, Ill. - The Logan County Board Tuesday adopted an ordinance
that mimics the "no smoking" laws that are already on the
The motion was introduced by Insurance and Legislative committee chairman
Schumacher read a section of the amendment.
"All premises for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages shall
be kept in clean and sanitary condition," said Schumacher. "And
shall be kept in full compliance with the laws of the state of Illinois,
including but not limited to
the Smoke Free Illinois Act."
Another section of the new amendment read, "Smoking shall be prohibited
within food service establishments
the Smoke Free Illinois Act.
Food service establishments found to be in violation of this act will
be subject to suspension of their certificate to operate." ...
Bans Smoking In All Businesses
Southwest News-Herald (Chicago, IL), 2010-01-29
Bridgeview board members voted to pass an ordinance on Jan. 20 introduced
by the building zoning and economic development committee that will
make it unlawful to own, operate or maintain a tobacco store that permits
Under the new ordinance, it will also be illegal to open hookah lounges
in the village. ...
dog park, smoking ban in the works
Log Cabin Democrat - Joe Lamb - January 28, 2010
The Conway City Council could sign off on a long-awaited dog park and
an ordinance prohibiting smoking at all city parks in coming weeks.
Smokers Can't Be Criminally Prosecuted
Courthouse News Service - Jeff Gorman - January 22, 2010
(CN) - Smokers can't be criminally prosecuted for violating the Smoke
Free Illinois Act, an Illinois appeals court ruled.
Kathleen Kane got a ticket for smoking at Woody's Tavern in Will County,
Ill. She was convicted and sentenced to six months of court supervision
and had to pay a $231 fine.
She appealed the denial of her post-trial motion challenging the constitutionality
of the Act and her prosecution in criminal courts.
Judge Daniel Schmidt of the Third District Court of Appeals agreed
with Kane and reversed her conviction. ...
push for smoke-free parks
Waukegan News Sun - Dan Moran - January 8, 2010
WAUKEGAN -- On the day the Lake County Board banned smoking in public
places in May 2007, high school students had an obvious hand in it.
"I remember hearing some of the board members saying they were
contacted by teens in their district who supported the ban," said
Barbara de Nekker, "and I knew exactly which teens they were talking
dismisses Will County smoking charges
Suburban Chicago News, 2009-12-17
Charges were dismissed Wednesday in six cases involving alleged violations
of the state's ban against smoking cigarettes in public.
Daniel O'Day, the Peoria-based lawyer who represented the defendants,
"I am glad that finally these regular people who have worked all
their lives are no longer being prosecuted as criminals for having a
cigarette," he said.
All of the cases began in 2008. Charged were: Paul Leoford, 63, of
802 Cottage St. in Shorewood; Bruce Hockin, 64, of 1317 Frederick St.
in Joliet; and Jack Jackson, 66, of 900 Windsor Drive in Shorewood;
Kenneth J. Kane, 55, of 1001 Wilcox St. in Joliet; John M. Hoglund,
52, of 620 O'Toole Drive in Minooka; and Ronald Hutin, 51, of Joliet.
Their cases were first handled as misdemeanor crimes. Later they were
designated petty offenses.
police station plan may burn out
Aurora Beacon News - Andre Salles - December 17, 2009
AURORA -- A plan to make the new police station on Indian Trail tobacco-free
has hit some resistance from aldermen.
The proposal, suggested by the Police Department, would ban not only
smoking but all forms of tobacco from the entire 25-acre campus, inside
and out. The department expects to be operating out of the new $108
million station by Jan. 11.
The statewide smoking ban already prohibits smoking inside and within
15 feet of the new station. But the new ordinance would expand that
to include every aspect of the campus, including the interiors of cars.
The recommendation for a complete smoking ban came from the Police
Department and is intended to make the new station more friendly to
the public, as well as the environment, according to Cmdr. Joe Groom.
smoking conviction reversed by higher court
Herald News (IL), Published: 12:01 AM Dec 9,2009
By STEWART WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org
Late last year, a Will County jury found a Joliet woman guilty of violating
the state's smoking ban. Now a higher court has reversed that decision.
say it's 'good business' to ignore smoking bans
USA Today - Judy Keen - December 7, 2009
CHICAGO Smoking in bars has been banned here since Jan. 1, 2008,
but Crow Bar, a cozy spot on the city's far southeast side, is still
a haven for people who want to light up.
Unless other customers object, owner Pat Carroll usually allows smoking.
He keeps a "smoke jug" in view for $5 donations to offset
"It's good business to allow smoking. It's a free country,"
says Carroll, owner of Crow Bar for 28 years. It's near the border with
Indiana, which allows smoking in bars. He says his customers would patronize
bars there if he forced them to smoke outside.
After inspectors found a souvenir ashtray behind the bar, Carroll,
a smoker, paid a $340 fine. Repeat violations would mean bigger fines,
which he says would make him rethink his leniency.
Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have passed smoking
bans that cover restaurants and bars, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free
Kids says. Four others ban smoking in restaurants but exempt stand-alone
Most inspections and citations stem from complaints, and "non-compliance
is a fairly isolated issue," says Danny McGoldrick, the group's
vice president for research. "Business owners and patrons are pretty
smoking ban: Some bars give smokers a sanctuary
Smokers pitch in extra cash to help bars pay fines
Chicago Tribune, 2009-11-25
Angie Leventis Lourgos and Jackie Bange Chicago Tribune
Owner Pat Carroll said his customers -- smokers and nonsmokers alike
-- contribute to a "smoking fund" canister that often sits
on the bar, to subsidize the fines he's incurred for flouting the law.
Carroll said he's been ticketed twice and paid at least $680. He fears
that if he forbids smoking, his cigar-and-cigarette crowd would switch
to bars that permit smoking just a few blocks away in Indiana.
"So guess what, everybody can smoke in here," he said, fingering
a lit cigarette balanced on an ashtray. "I'm not losing my customers."
The Tribune and WGN-TV found patrons smoking at several Chicagoland
bars, defying the Smoke-free Illinois Act that has prohibited smoking
inside public places since Jan. 1, 2008.
Bar patrons and owners seen smoking indoors had varying explanations
for ignoring the law. At Boem Restaurant in Albany Park, where one visit
found the room filled with smoke, the bar's owner said the place was
booked for a private party, which exempted it from the law. But it doesn't,
The public can lodge complaints against establishments that skirt the
law, triggering a site inspection. Violators face fines that can grow
steeper with each infraction. ...
passes smoking-ban exemption
Peoria Journal Star - Adriana Colindres - October 28, 2009
SPRINGFIELD Lawmakers decided Wednesday to carve out an exemption
in the statewide smoking ban that allows the use of smoke during American
Indians' indoor tribal religious ceremonies.
By overriding Gov. Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1685,
the Illinois House of Representatives took the final step for the measure
to become law without the governor's proposed revisions. The Senate
voted to override his veto two weeks ago. ...
gets tough on businesses that allow smoking indoors
KFVS Channel 12 (Cape Girardeau, MO), 2009-10-21
It's been nearly two years since Illinois banned smoking inside restaurants
and bars, but with the economy on the rocks, all bar owners are looking
to get an edge over the competition and some choose to break the law.
Lately Mollie's Bar manager Sammy Mankin says some of his customers
have told him they're leaving his place for bars that let them smoke.
"They say we love Mollies, but we can't smoke here," Mankin
To allow smoking indoors is against Illinois law. The fact that some
bars in town are allowing it has left Mankin to feel that his competition
has found an unfair advantage.
"They want to go where they can smoke and have a drink and socialize
with their fiends," said Mankin. "We cannot offer that here
because we follow the law and adhere to it. So we suffer for it."
gives smoking ban more bite
Amended liquor code lets police cite businesses for not reporting
Peoria (IL) Journal-Star, 2009-10-12
MATT BUEDEL OF THE JOURNAL STAR
Puffing in East Peoria now may be subject to more regulations than
anywhere else in the state.
With the recent adoption of an amended liquor code that specifically
references a ban on smoking in public places, the city conceivably has
three laws covering the prohibition.
First is the state's Smoke Free Illinois Act, which beginning Jan.
1, 2008, sought to end smoking in bars, restaurants and all other places
open to the public or places of employment.
Second is the city's smoking ordinance, which closely mirrors the state
act and was adopted after the state ban was approved. Cities that created
individual ordinances to regulate smoking once the ban took effect were
allowed, under the state law, to keep 100 percent of the fines for violations,
rather than splitting the proceeds with the state.
But the state's law - and thus, ordinances around the state that were
adopted verbatim to keep the revenue generated by citations local -
initially contained peculiar language that resulted in confused enforcement
efforts and legal challenges.
That atmosphere caused East Peoria and other municipalities to attempt
a third approach: citing bar owners and bartenders under catch-all provisions
in local liquor codes. ...
waves goodbye to hookah bars
Reporter Online - William Jones - Oct 8, 2009
The statewide smoking ban outlawed smoking at bars and restaurants,
but lighting up was still legal at businesses people would go for the
sole purpose of ...
strategy: Apartment buildings start bans to draw new renters, keep peace
among existing ones
Landlords go for LEED credentials
Chicago Tribune, 2009-10-04
Sharon Stangenes Special to the Tribune
Warren Nisley liked the "green" features of the new Morgan
at Loyola Station in Rogers Park when he was apartment hunting.
The mixed-use building near Loyola University Chicago has 152 apartments,
is near public transportation and boasts eco-friendly features such
as water-saving fixtures and efforts to improve internal air quality
with low-gas-emitting paints and a no-smoking policy for all residents
The smoke-free environment wasn't the only criterion for deciding to
live in the building, but it was part of a package that Nisley, 52,
found appealing. . . .
The first no-smoking sections in restaurants appeared 30 years ago.
Since then, smoking increasingly has been banned in commercial and public
buildings because of concerns about second-hand smoke and a growing
consumer demand for better quality air. But in Chicago, smoke-free apartments
have been concentrated in smaller, privately owned buildings or privately
Jennifer Wolf, AMLI Residential's senior vice president for development,
said the company chose to prohibit smoking in AMLI 900 to meet requirements
to improve internal air quality, among other things, for LEED certification.
Wolf said the project, which opened in November, is on track to be
the first new-construction high-rise apartment in Chicago to be LEED-certified,
a measure of environmental sensitivity and sustainability. ...
lingers over 2008 smoking ban
Even after recent clarification, problems with enforcement remain
Peoria (IL) Journal-Star, 2009-09-28
MATT BUEDEL of the Journal Star
Almost two years since the state's ban on indoor smoking in public
places took effect, the haze surrounding the enforcement of the law
appears to still be lingering.
Some aspects of the Smoke Free Illinois Act are now much more clear
than at its inception. Enforcing agencies such as police departments
and local public health departments now have citations specific to the
ban that can be handed to violators.
And smokers or business owners who want to contest those allegations
now know with certainty that they will do so in front of an administrative
judge for the Illinois Department of Public Health, rather than a criminal
judge at a county courthouse.
Those much-needed clarifications came thanks to an amendment to the
state ban signed into law in early February during Gov. Pat Quinn's
first bill signing after Rod Blagojevich's impeachment.
"It's an evolution, and over the last two years we've seen quite
a lot of progress," said Greg Chance, administrator of the Peoria
City/County Health Department. ...
smoking ban ordinance likely from Herrin city council
Marion Daily Republican - Matt Hawkins - September 11, 2009
"I'd like to see it die down and cut friction," Branding
Iron Saloon owner Jim Meredith said. "I'm just out to (care for)
my place. If we get along that's all I want."
Meredith's words summed up discussion at a Thursday morning public
safety and public improvement committee meeting in Herrin to decide
whether or not the city should consider toughening the smoking ban.
After dialogue with citizens and a Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health
representative, committee spokesman Robert Craig said bar owners would
be responsible for abiding by state law. No action was taken to step
closer to drafting a city smoking ban ordinance.
"Owners are making a reasonable effort to make them non-smoking,"
Craig said. "Bi-County may be coming into bars. I strongly encourage
you to enforce the law. Whether we agree or not, we have to abide by
Bars Letting People Light Up Inside
WSIL TV - Ryan Kruger - September 3, 2009
HERRIN -- It's trivia night at Teddy's Sports Bar and Grill in Herrin,
a weekly tradition for Herrin resident Jim Vest. But while he and everyone
else can enjoy a drink with their game, when it's time for a smoke they
have to step outside.
"The way I look at it, you have to do what you have to do, and
if you want to smoke you smoke, and if you can't you go outside or you
go where you can," said Vest.
The bar promotes its smoke free environment. But says business has
dropped off since the ban went into effect. The reason: not everyone
makes smokers go outside. We decided to see if that's the case, I walked
into five different bars in Herrin and despite no smoking signs in many
of them I found people lighting up inside each one. ...
backs cigar lounge plan
Published: 12:00 AM Aug 28,2009
By JANET LUNDQUIST email@example.com
PLAINFIELD--A man looking to open a smoking lounge in downtown Plainfield
got seven thumbs up from village officials last week.Joe Griffin would
like to open an "upscale premium cigar boutique" at 24040
Lockport St., a now-vacant building previousl...
on smoking in outdoor dining areas mulled
Pioneer Press Newspapers (Waukegan, IL), 2009-08-24
Smoking is banned inside nearly all public places in Illinois, but
smoking in outdoor dining areas has some Glenview residents fuming.
Glenview trustees plan to consider a local ordinance to curtail or
prohibit smoking in outdoor dining areas, following a discussion last
"I do not like this checkerboard effect that's created by the
state law," Village President Kerry Cummings said. "I think
it is confusing for the public to understand where they can be seated
and enjoy a smoke-free environment."
Since 2008, smoking has been prohibited in virtually all public places
and work places, including restaurants and bars, under terms of the
Smoke Free Illinois Act.
Further, no one can smoke within 15 feet of any entrance to a public
place or work place.
But a few diners have complained that wafts of smoke have marred their
meals or drinks outside. ...
backs cigar lounge plan
Published: 04:00 AM Aug 21,2009
By JANET LUNDQUIST firstname.lastname@example.org
PLAINFIELD -- A man looking to open a smoking lounge in downtown Plainfield
got seven thumbs up from village officials Monday.
Joe Griffin would like to open an "upscale premium cigar boutique"
at 24040 Lockport St., a now-vacant building previously occupied by
the construction company that did the Lockport streetscape project.
Griffin, who works for Emerald Construction in Oswego, said he used
to build houses but with the slow housing market was looking for another
line of work. ...
Opinion: Casinos wrong to target smoking ban
The State Journal-Register - August 20, 2009
Ever since Illinois enacted the statewide indoor smoking ban that went
into effect in 2008, casinos have been predicting dire consequences
for the state's ...
governor makes changes to smoking ban amendment
Burlington Hawk Eye - Christinia Crippes - August 19, 2009
What's seen as playing politics by one might be considered offering
a clean slate by another.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn offered an amendatory veto Tuesday to a smoking
ban amendment that would allow tobacco use for Native American religious
ceremonies. The bill was sponsored by Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville.
vote on proposed sidewalk Smoking Ban
Clay County (IL) Advocate-Press , 2009-08-18
Alex Haglund The Clay County Advocate-Press
To smoke or not to smoke? That was the question with concerns to the
sidewalks on North Avenue at the Flora City Council meeting on Monday
evening. One of the council's agenda items was to discuss an ordinance
that would ban smoking on the sidewalks of North Avenue after council
members had received complaints regarding bar patrons.
The issue was addressed at length by members of the public that had
come to the meeting against the proposed ban. . . .
After the discussion, the issue was not voted upon. Instead, the Council
decided to call an open meeting for further discussions with the goal
of reaching a compromise on the issue. ...
Revenue and the Illinois Smoking Ban (PDF)
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (MO), 2009-08-15
Thomas A. Garrett and Michael R. Pakko Working Paper 2009-027A
Smoking was banned in all Illinois casinos in January 2008. We explore
the effects that the smoking ban has had on Illinois casino revenue
and attendance. Our empirical methodology extends and enhances that
of previous literature in that we observe a natural experiment in comparing
the performance of Illinois casinos with out-of-state casinos (no smoking
ban) that share a market with Illinois casinos. Estimates suggest that
revenue and admissions at Illinois casinos declined by more than 20
percent ($400 million) and 12 percent, respectively. Calculations reveal
that casino tax revenue to state and local governments declined by approximately
The views presented in this paper are those of the authors and do not
represent official positions of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
or the Federal Reserve System.
Casino revenue plummets; gaming lobbyists blame smoking ban
(IL) State Journal-Register, 2009-08-15
BRUCE RUSHTON THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
Illinois casino lobbyists weren't blowing smoke when they said that
a statewide smoking ban has cost the industry -- and government -- lots
of money, economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis have found.
They say state and local governments lost $200 million in taxes last
year because of the ban.
That's more than a projected $150 million that state legislators hope
to realize by privatizing lottery management and selling tickets online,
and more than half of the $300 million in revenue the state projects
could be raised by legalizing and taxing video poker.
Economists who studied casinos in Illinois and surrounding states found
that attendance here went down by 9 percent while revenue plummeted
by more than 20 percent, according to study results published last month
in The Regional Economist, a federal reserve bank publication. . . .
After reviewing a copy of the study sent to her by The State Journal-Register,
Drea via e-mail said that while there might be a revenue decline associated
with fewer smokers in casinos, "it defies logic" to blame
the smoking ban, as opposed to a tough economy, for plummeting revenue.
However, the study's authors said that neighboring states have also
experienced hard times. ...
ban enacted in Vernon Hills parks
Chicago Daily Herald - Mick Zawislak - July 1, 2009
Smokers can still light up elsewhere but areas near playgrounds, athletic
fields and the skate park in the Vernon Hills Park District system are
Though it elected not to go as far as some other entities, the Vernon
Hills Park District board last week unanimously agreed to tighten the
rules on smoking.
"I think we're starting out trying to emphasize the role modeling
for the children," said Marla Pineiro, acting executive director.
champion smoke-free parks
Vernon Hills Review - April 30, 2009
A group of Vernon Hills High School students is urging the Vernon Hills
Park District to consider a tobacco-free ordinance for local parks.
Several Vernon Hills students who are members of the Lake County chapter
of the Reality Illinois tobacco prevention group made a presentation
to the Vernon Hills Park District Board regarding their desire to see
a smoking ban in outdoor public parks.
Vernon Hills Park Board President David Doerhoefer called the youth
presentation "phenomenal" and said the board would take the
issue into consideration at a future board meeting. ...
Department gets help enforcing smoking ban
WJBD Online - April 15, 2009
The Marion County Health Department now has more ammunition in its
fight to stop smoking in public places. Environmental Health Director
Melissa Mallow ...
underway to amend smoking ban law
Chicago Tribune - April 3, 2009
AP SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Senate has advanced legislation
to amend the state's 15-month-old smoking ban to allow smoking indoors
when it's part of ...
County to ban smoking on county property
Chicago Tribune - March 31, 2009
Vilas County Board members are ready to notify the public that most
county facilities will soon be off-limits for smoking. The board passed
an ordinance ...
may offer exemption to smoking ban
Burlington Hawk Eye - March 25, 2009
Since Illinois' smoking ban went into effect 15 months ago, the law
already has been amended once to clarify enforcement.
Now, Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville, is seeking to make it even clearer.
Unlike Iowa, Illinois failed to provide an exception for religious
ceremonies in its statewide smoking ban.
"If we can make our case to our members here why we're doing what
it is what we're doing, there seems to be good support for it,"
Sullivan said opponents contend that federal law already addresses
the religious exemption.
smoking ban has popular effect, one year later
Northern Star Online, IL - January 27, 2009
It has been a little over a year since the Smoke-Free Illinois Act
Sixth Ward Alderman Dave Baker has only heard positive results about
the ban. Baker also said this is a progressive movement that is helping
both smokers and non-smokers.
People who smoke have cut down or quit, and now people can go
anywhere without filling their lungs with smoke, Baker said.
Survey: 73 Percent of Illinois Voters Support Smoke-Free Law
Earthtimes (press release), June 26, 2008
CHICAGO , June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly six months after
implementation of the state's smoke-free workplace law, a poll released
today finds ...
rejects smoking exemption for casinos
Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, 2008-04-17
Illinois Senate overwhelmingly says now is not the right time to allow smoking
on riverboat casinos.
The Senate voted 15-35 Wednesday night to exempt the
nine casinos from the statewide smoking ban in public places that took effect
in January. The measure needed 30 votes to pass.
Casinos say the ban has
crippled their revenues and threatens to cost the state as much as $100 million
in lost taxes this year.
Tobacco targets smoking ban, tax: With $83,000, lobby seeks exemptions
Jeffrey Meitrodt and Ashley Wiehle
are dumping thousands of dollars on lawmakers in a revved up effort to chip away
at the new statewide smoking ban and ward off efforts to nearly double Illinois'
In the four weeks before the Feb. 5 primary election, two
tobacco giants contributed $83,000 to 30 lawmakers. That amount sets a monthly
pace that eclipses the industry's largesse in this state for at least a decade,
according to a Tribune review of campaign finance records. About threequarters
of that money went to House Democrats.
"We've been the whipping boy
for a number of [legislative] sessions now... so we decided this year that we
are going to participate in the process more heavily," said lobbyist John
O'Connell, a former lawmaker who represents cigarette giant Reynolds American
Inc. "We are still a legal industry. And it is a legal product."
dollars not hurt by smoking ban
(IL) State Journal-Register, 2007-09-09
WETTERICH STAFF WRITER
While some bar and restaurant owners have cited
the ban as the reason they went out of business, the city's tax revenue from bars
and restaurants has grown robustly since the ban, according to Illinois Department
of Revenue data.
In fact, in the two quarters since the ban was enacted,
city tax revenue from restaurants grew twice as fast as before the ban.
revenue from bars, which has fluctuated wildly over the past five years, did not
grow as much during the fourth quarter of 2006 as it did earlier in the year and
in the same period in 2005. But taxes paid by bars rebounded in the first quarter
of this year.
Illinois ranks first in passage of local smokefree
laws in 2006
change to ban: Some sympathetic aldermen urge passage of statewide ban
State Journal-Register, November 22, 2006
The Springfield City Council declined
Tuesday to create smoking-ban exemptions for bars, fraternal clubs, bowling alleys
and bingo halls.
The Springfield City Council declined Tuesday to create
smoking-ban exemptions for bars, fraternal clubs, bowling alleys and bingo halls.
some aldermen and the mayor, sympathizing with business owners who say theyre
livelihoods are threatened by the ban that took effect Sept. 17, pleaded for legislators
to quickly enact a statewide smoking ban to ensure even odds for every business.
the Smoking Ban
State Journal-Register, November 21, 2006
online video 'slideshow' presentation.
IL Licensed Beverage
Association Tied to Philip Morris
Smoking ban foes tied to tobacco: Documents
show Philip Morris supports state hospitality group
November 27, 2005
The hospitality association leading the opposition to
a citywide indoor workplace smoking ban has ties to tobacco giant Philip Morris,
according to documents provided by the company in lawsuits filed against it by
state attorneys general nationwide.
quality in Chicago restaurants and bars places workers and patrons at risk
Testing of indoor air in Chicago restaurants and bars reveals particulate air
pollution is six times greater in those establishments where smoking is allowed
than in smokefree bars and restaurants. Researchers and trained volunteers visited
37 bars and restaurants over a two-day period using portable air monitoring devices.
Volunteers used a device to measure fine particles in the air, which can lead
to serious health consequences. The study was coordinated by Mark Travers, research
associate at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. For more information
see a graph showing the test results, and the
associated press release from the Illinois
Coalition Against Tobacco.
November 22, 2004, Wilmette Village Board President Nancy Canafax (right) received
the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights 100% Smokefree Award of Excellence from
Jamie Ziegler (left), a volunteer for the Campaign for a Smoke-Free Wilmette.
The Village received the award for the passage of their new smokefree law bringing
smokefree air to the citys enclosed workplaces, including restaurants and
The award honors communities that have shown leadership through implementation
of strong 100% smokefree indoor air laws which protect workers and patrons from
exposure to secondhand smoke.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the
U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, which was the first time
tobacco use was officially identified as a cause of serious disease and death.
Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in this country,
killing 53,000 nonsmokers in the U.S. each year. For every eight smokers the tobacco
industry kills, it takes one nonsmoker with them.
Because there is no
safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, it is important for workplaces to
be entirely smokefree. Health experts agree that ventilation systems and smoking
sections do not address the adverse health effects of secondhand smoke.