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All Illinois workers, residents, and visitors in the Land of Lincoln are protected from secondhand smoke in all indoor public places. Illinois' smokefree statewide law has been in effect since January 1, 2008 and protects workers and residents across the state, including those working in bars and casinos. The law remains very popular with residents of Illinois.

Since the smokefree law took effect, smokefree advocates have successfully defeated numerous attempts by the Illinois Gaming Association to weaken the law to exempt casinos. Today, the law remains strong and protects all workers' right to breathe smokefree air.

To file a complaint call 866-973-4646 or visit www.SmokefreeIllinois.org

In 2005, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed House Bill 672 into law which returned control to the local level by allowing home-rule municipalities to enact smokefree air laws. In 2006, preemption was fully repealed to allow all non-home-rule municipalities and counties to enact smokefree air laws.

 

Senator Durbin Commends Illinois for Winning ANR Smokefree Challenge Award

 




Smokefree advocates in Champaign, Illinois get the message out about secondhand smoke.

 

 

 

 

In May, 2006, the Champaign, Illinois City Council passed a strong smokefree law for public places and workplaces in Champaign.

 

 

 

 

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Illinois.

2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 1/9/2013 - 1/7/2015 (Est.)

State Quitline Number: -866-QUIT-YES (784-8937)
American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Pacific Heights Revisited: My Annoying Neighbor
ChicagoNow (blog) - December 2, 2014

...Just like you are enjoying your freedom to smoke, we non-smokers have the right to enjoy inhaling clean air as well. ...

Harper College goes smoke-free as of Jan. 1, 2015
Chicago Daily Herald - November 25, 2014

...1, 2015, six months before a law goes into effect banning tobacco on all Illinois' public college campuses. Smoking will be banned everywhere on the campus; ...

St. Charles city committee backs updated massage parlor, tobacco rules
Suburban Life Publications - November 25, 2014

The tobacco-related ordinance includes regulations for selling alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes, accountability of the tobacco licensees where ...

City Cites CITGO Retailers [VIDEO]
NBC Chicago - November 25, 2014

The City of Chicago said it cracked-down on a major gas and snack retailer after receiving numerous customer complaints during the past six years. ... Among the retailers are 16 locations with egregious violations, including drug paraphernalia, unstamped cigarettes, tobacco sale to minors, outdated medication, outdated milk and food, no public bathroom, deceptive practices and overcharging for gas.

For health and wellness
McDonough Voic e -November 22, 2014

The smoke out event, she added, was promoting the recent passage of the Smoke Free Illinois Campus Act, largely banning smoking on state university ...

Tolono parks will soon be smoke-free
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette - November 21, 2014

TOLONO Park district officials voted to ban smoking in all village parks in Tolono starting Jan. 1, 2015, in an effort to protect health, comfort and environment. Starting next year, it will be illegal to smoke in any enclosed park facility or on any public park grounds. It will also be illegal to smoke within 25 feet of any of the parks.

Harper, CLC both going 100% smoke-free Jan. 1
Chicago Daily Herald - November 20, 2014

Ian Craig of Hoffman Estates says he "meets a lot of friends being a smoker" at Harper College in Palatine. Starting Jan. 1, the community college will ban ...

Anti-smoking efforts need lawmakers' help
SaukValley.com - November 20, 2014

... ever becoming addicted to these deadly products by encouraging our lawmakers to pass strong tobacco-control policies such as smoke-free laws, tobacco tax ...

Great alternatives to those nasty cigarettes! Several flavors of e ...
The Southern - November 20, 2014

E-cigarettes are a healthier option to help you quit smoking. Make a great choice today and stop into your local vape shop for a tasting today! Cool Breeze ...

Illinois' Smoking Laws Aren't Stopping Lung Cancer as Well as They ...
Huffington Post - November 19, 2014

Illinois' smoking laws are governed by (410 ILCS 82/) Smoke Free Illinois Act. Since Jan. 1, 2008, the following areas in Illinois have been smoke-free by law, ...

FERGUSON/SCHEFFLER: Parks should prohibit the use of tobacco
Sauk Valley (IL) Newspapers - November 19, 2014

The Lee County Health Department and KSB Community Wellness support local students leading the effort toward a tobacco-free park policy. Both organizations identified smoking as a priority health issue in their most recent community health needs ...

Crystal Lake votes to not further regulate e-cigarettes
The Herald-News - November 19, 2014

She had tried everything, but only electronic cigarettes, also known as ... However, whether e-cigarettes help people quit isn't the question before the City ...

EDITORIAL: OUR VIEW: Give up smoking, your body will thank you
My Web Times--Streator Times-Press - November 18, 2014

the La Salle County Health Department in on board with the program, issuing a press release identifying smoking as the leading preventable cause of death in the country today. Smoking is associated with increased risk for cancers of the mouth, nasal cavit

Vapor4Life gears up for the Great American Smokeout in Northbrook
Chicago Tribune - November 18, 2014

"We believe our vaping kits, e-liquids, disposable e-cigs and other products help people. Our vape products are a true alternative to tobacco and are the closest ...

Colleges Against Cancer, Wellness Center host Great American ...
Daily Illini - November 17, 2014

According to Guerra, the UI Wellness Center is planning on developing a brochure or a link on the Smoke-free campus website including tips for smokers that ...

WIU to Take Part in Great American Smoke Out Nov. 20
Western Illinois University News - November 17, 2014

... resources and to promote the upcoming implementation of the Smoke Free Illinois Campus Act, which will go into effect July 1, 2015," Hairston-Jones said.

It's time to stop smoking
BCR News - November 17, 2014

Conerton added even non-smokers are at risk from tobacco use. "Most people don't realize how dangerous second-hand smoke can be," Conerton said.

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Review Tobacco Verdict Again
JD Supra (press release) - November 17, 2014

... Business Practices Act - 815 ILCS 505/1 - by advertising cigarettes as "light" ... tar" in various consent decrees entered into with other cigarette manufacturers.

Pass/Fail: NIU offers help for going smoke-free; Students skip ...
Northern Star Online - November 16, 2014

Though the Smoke-Free Campus Act won't be in effect until July 1, a task force is compiling resources to help community members end their smoking habits.

Study: Illinois smoking laws are No. 1, but its anti-lung cancer efforts ...
Reboot Illinois - November 16, 2014

Despite Illinois' strict smoking ban (the strictest in the country), the state was only ... Beyond enacting far-reaching smoking bans, the state is also doing well on ...

Purcell: It's all up in smoke
Pekin Daily Times - November 15, 2014

I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing ... Smoking has been banned in public places in many states. And so it is that ...

Parkland gives smokers long warning: No butts on the horizon
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette - November 15, 2014

CHAMPAIGN Smokers at Parkland College are being warned their days of lighting up on campus are numbered. The college's wellness center is using next week which includes the American Cancer Society's annual Great American Smokeout Thursday to get the word out to students, staff and the rest of the community that the entire Parkland campus is going smoke-free July 1, 2015.

Task force to help NIU be smoke-free by July
Northern Star Online - November 12, 2014

An NIU smoking ban task force is creating initiatives to ready the campus for ... The Smoke-Free Campus Act is a piece of legislation signed in August by Gov...

Smoking ban proposed for Champaign parks
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette - November 12, 2014

...93 percent would like to see smoking banned from playgrounds. - 67 percent favor ... 81 percent of coaches and athletes want to ban smoking on sports fields.

Under age 21? No buying cigarettes in Evanston
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette - November 10, 2014

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - An ordinance banning the sale of cigarettes to anyone ... Local officials say they realize it will not tamp out smoking by young people, but ...

LEVITIN: DePaul up in smoke from failure to enforce cigarette city ordinance
DePaulia Online - November 9, 2014

University legislation needs to mandate and enforce the citywide academic ordinance, which mandates where students are permitted to smoke. Smokers in violation of the city ordinance should be held accountable by a fine. Those who do not smoke should not...

Judge rejects request to block flavored tobacco ban near schools
Chicago Sun-Times - November 4, 2014

A lawyer for four Chicago gas station owners told a federal judge Tuesday that a new city ordinance banning the sale of so-called "flavored tobacco" products ...

Mayor Emanuel Announces City Action Against Restraining Order ...
eNews Park Forest - November 3, 2014

A number of national health organizations, including the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, have vowed to file legal briefs in support of the City. "The tobacco ...

Gas stations fight to sell flavored cigarettes closer to schools
Chicago Tribune - November 3, 2014

A group of independent gas stations is asking a judge to allow them to continue selling menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of Chicago schools while proceeding with a federal lawsuit challenging a city ban on such sales

Students, sellers react to amended Evanston tobacco ordinance
Daily Northwestern - October 31, 2014

Some Northwestern students said they see the practicality in outlawing the sale and purchase of tobacco products for anyone under age 21 in Evanston but still think it is unfair to those who have been smoking since they were 18. City Council voted unanimously Monday to make it illegal for anyone under 21 to buy tobacco or liquid nicotine products. The approval of the amendment came after discussions among the aldermen about how much it would affect Evanston residents and the citys economy.

Lemaitre: Tobacco ban reveals Evanston's disregard for ...
Daily Northwestern - October 30, 2014

Recently, Evanston aldermen voted to increase the legal age for purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21. City Council stopped short of outlawing the possession of cigarettes, which one alderman called excessive and another foresaw as unfairly punishing young individuals already addicted to tobacco products.

Swap that cancer stick for a healthier, tastier option! E-cigs and ...
The Southern - October 30, 2014

E-cigs and premium flavors of e-juice at Cool Breeze Vapor in Marion! ... Cool Breeze are always available for questions and insights into electronic cigarettes.

Get up and go!
Post-Tribune - October 29, 2014

... hookah pens, e-hookahs, vape pipes and ecigarettes at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Valparaiso Community Schools administrative board room, 3801 N. Campbell ...

Outside money pouring into state Supreme Court race
Chicago Tribune - October 29, 2014

They got a second chance when federal regulators in 2008 changed the way tobacco companies could describe tar and nicotine levels in advertising.

Evanston City Council outlaws tobacco sales to residents under 21
Daily Northwestern - October 28, 2014

The legislation initially included a ban on the possession of tobacco products for those ... "If someone is unfortunate enough to have already started smoking and ...

Evanston sets new bar on age for smoking products
Evanston Review - October 28, 2014

Council members eliminated a possible obstacle to the ordinance two weeks ago, dropping a provision that would have also made possession subject to ...

Crystal Lake considers e-cigarette restrictions
Suburban Life Publications - October 28, 2014

CRYSTAL LAKE - Crystal Lake's proposed ban on electronic-cigarette ... With no state ban on e-cigarette usage in place, Crystal Lake officials proposed banning use ... Crystal Lake outlaws smoking lounges and hookah lounges but vaping is ...

Smoking by building entrances is ignorant
Vidette Online - October 26, 2014

In fact, ISU is among the more smoker-friendly campuses given the continued push to create smoke-free universities. With large schools like the University of ...

Follow that Bill
LaSalle News Tribune-October 25, 2014

Public Act 98-1021 Requires child-safe packaging for refilling liquids for e-cigarettes. Effective Jan. 1, 2015. House Bill 5689 filed Feb. 14, 2014, by Rep...

St. Charles looks to ban e-cigarettes indoors
Chicago Tribune - October 24, 2014

St. Charles officials are working to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from ... The ordinance proposes steeper fines for those caught smoking or vaping in a ...

Evidence of organized "Twitter bombing" of Chicago city council while it was considering adding e-cigs to clean indoor air law
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (UCSF) - October 23, 2014

They found an organized campaign -- based outside Chicago (and outside Illinois) -- to generate oppostion to the proposed ordinance. Here is the summary ... using an account or tweet strategy consistent with astroturfing.

Chicago's Flavored Tobacco Law Challenge Faces Steep Odds ($$)
Law360 - October 23, 2014

A lawsuit challenging Chicago's new restrictions on the sale of flavored tobacco products will likely be snuffed out in court because it relies on a federal preemption argument that failed to convince the Second Circuit to strike a similar statute in New

Hours change at Prospect and smoking is now prohibited in all ...
Quad-Cities Online - October 23, 2014

Because it requires a change in city ordinance, it will be forwarded to the city council ... Smoking is still allowed in park parking lots and Moline cemeteries, but is ...

Retailers Challenge Chicago Flavor Ordinance
Tobacco Law blog- Troutman Sanders LLP - October 23, 2014

A group of tobacco retailers has challenged a Chicago ordinance that generally bans the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of a school. The ordinance does not apply to tobacco stores that derive more than 80% of their revenue from tobacco

Moline, IL Park Smoking Ban
The Cigar Authority - October 23, 2014

As we continue to post articles about smoking bans, we hope that they motivate you to stand up and be heard. The latest anti-smoking law to pass is in Moline, ...

Deerfield backs adding e-cigarettes to indoor smoking ban
Chicago Tribune - October 21, 2014

On Monday night, the village board considered the "first reading" of the new village law, which notes that e-cigarettes "remain unregulated at the federal level, ...

St. Charles on verge of e-cigarette ban
Chicago Daily Herald - October 21, 2014

St. Charles inched closer Monday to banning the use of e-cigarettes in all the ... caught smoking or vaping in a banned area or selling tobacco or e-cigarette ...

The Pentagon contract that could shape EHRs for years to come ...
Politico - October 17, 2014

EFFECT OF ASTROTURFING ON PUBLIC HEALTH CAMPAIGNS: A new study published by the Journal of Medical Internet Research explains that while issues like Chicagos strict e-cig policy get a lot of traction on social media, a lot of it came from astroturfing. This practice involves a corporation creating an online identity that appears to be a grassroots organization. When the Chicago Department of Public Health tweeted about the dangers of e-cigs, it was met with 609 responses opposing the policy (out of 683 total responses). According to the report, Approximately 14 percent of the tweets used an account or included elements consistent with astroturfing. Relatively few of the negative tweets came from the Chicago area, the report said

Parks and Recreation Board votes to ban smoking in Evanston parks
Daily Northwestern - October 17, 2014

An Evanston board voted unanimously Thursday to recommend to City Council expanding the current smoking ban to apply to all public parks in the city. The motion will go to City Council, where the ordinance will be voted on.

Ludlow may send overdue water bills to landlords rather than tenants
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette - October 16, 2014

Also: The board approved a resolution to make the town park a tobacco-free area. Signs will be erected at the park, which is next to the community center.

Ludlow might start sending delinquent water bills to landlords, not ...
Paxton Record - October 15, 2014

... people against second-hand smoke and smoking starting early," Walker said. - The board discussed the possible adoption of an ordinance defining burnt ... If he could get it cleaned up, we wouldn't try to create an ordinance to handle ...

Aldermen hike tobacco sales age to 21
Evanston Now - October 14, 2014

In urging removal of the ban on possession Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, said it ... Alderman Jane Grover suggested that young adules could just smoke in ...

Evanston officials snuff out tobacco possession penalty
Evanston Review - October 14, 2014

"So if someone is unfortunate enough to have already started smoking and ... [which banned all tobacco sales at its 7,000 plus stores] and just ban it all, and ...

Evanston City Council amends tobacco proposal
Daily Northwestern - October 13, 2014

"If someone is unfortunate enough to have already started smoking and become ... Ald. Mark Tendam (6th) said he also agreed with a similar type of ban, saying ...

Viewpoint: Limit tobacco age hike to sales only
Evanston Now - October 12, 2014

Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would raise the minimum age for sale, purchase or possession of tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Deerfield OKs construction on new Portillo's
Deerfield Review - October 9, 2014

Sliozis said his department deals with narcotics other than nicotine under the controlled substance act. The ordinance will not allow e-cigarette smoking in public ...

Illinois Service Station Group Sues Chicago to Overturn Flavor Ban
CSPnet.com - October 8, 2014

The lawsuit claims that the Chicago ordinance is pre-empted by the Family Smoking Prevent and Tobacco Control Act, the law passed by Congress that granted ...

Panel backs raising tobacco age to 21
Evanston Now - October 7, 2014

He also argued that the ban would have little impact on merchants because ... in the 33 communities nationwide that have approved the higher smoking age, ...

Subcommittee recommends council increase tobacco sales age
Daily Northwestern - October 7, 2014

Evanston was one of the first communities in Illinois to ban smoking in public places, work sites, bars and restaurants, Zeigler said. Evanston would be the first ..

I don't want to smell your cigarette smoke
ChicagoNow (blog) - October 7, 2014

I created a public service announcement on the dangers of secondhand smoke as a project when I was in college. There are so many people who died from ...

City considers raising smoking age to 21
Evanston Now - October 6, 2014

Evanston's Human Services Committee tonight will consider raising the legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco or liquid nicotine products from 18 to 21.

I-Gas Challenging Chicago's Flavored Cigarette Ordinance
CSPnet.com - October 6, 2014

Chicago's ordinance banning sales of flavored cigarettes, including menthol, within 500 feet of a school will force gas stations to close throughout the city, a trade association claimed in court. Independents Gas & Service Stations Associations (I-Gas) sued Chicago on Sept. 27 in federal court, reported the Courthouse News Service.

Gas Stations Fight Chicago Cigarette Ban
Courthouse News Service - October 1, 2014

CHICAGO (CN) - Chicago's ordinance banning sales of flavored cigarettes, including menthols, within 500 feet of a school will force gas stations to close throughout the city, a trade association claims in court. Independents Gas & Service Stations Associations (I-Gas) sued Chicago on Sept. 27 in Federal Court.

Smoking ban has its limits
Belleville News Democrat - September 25, 2014

... the Smoke Free Illinois Act has made our state a better place. That law, which went into effect in 2008, eliminates smoking in offices, restaurants, bars, casinos ...

Emanuel ridicules Lewis for proposal to legalize and tax pot
Chicago Sun-Times - September 24, 2014

We also banned flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes within 500 feet of a school, so we have fewer kids smoking cigarettes….I don't think the way to balance the ...

Illinois Dept. of Public Health looks to block smoking in outdoor ...
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQA - September 23, 2014

These new rules could involve a complete smoking ban in outdoor eating ... The Department of Health wants to tighten the current law by banning smoking in ...

$10B ruling against Philip Morris goes back to Illinois high court
Chicago Tribune - September 24, 2014

Illinois Supreme Court grants review of light cigarette judgment against Philip Morris ... The long legal battle has to do with the sale of cigarettes labeled "light" or ... as safer than regular or full-flavored cigarettes, and sought monetary damages. ... Federal Trade Commission specifically authorized U.S. tobacco companies to ...

Law | Sauk Valley, IL Park Smoking Ban
The Cigar Authority - September 23, 2014

The Whiteside County Health Department in conjunction with the American Lung Association have been working to make all of the parks in Sauk Valley ...

Emanuel proposes softer statewide penalties for drug offenses
Chicago Sun-Times - September 23, 2014

What Emanuel neglected to mention is that the Chicago ordinance that gave ... more lenient treatment did not apply to those caught "openly smoking" pot or who ...

Next Smoking Ban Could be Patios, Decks, Rooftops
1340 WJOL - September 23, 2014

Smoking could soon be outlawed on all public patios, decks, rooftops, and at beer gardens in Illinois. The idea is to keep second hand smoke away from workers ...

Up in smoke
Bureau County Republican - September 22, 2014

Among non-smoking youth who used e-cigarettes, 43.9 percent said they intend to smoke conventional cigarettes within the next year, compared to 21.5 percent ...

Park smoking ban more political than effective law
The Columbiachronicle - September 22, 2014

Chicago followed in the footsteps of other major cities such as Boston and New York City when the Chicago Park District Board passed a resolution Sept. 10 to ban smoking in the citys 580 parks. In January 2014, the City Council prohibited the smoking of electronic cigarettes indoors by designating e-cigarettes as tobacco products. It also raised the ...

Elk Grove E-Cig Ban Approved, Despite Opposition
Journal & Topics Newspapers Online - September 19, 2014

The ordinance amends the village's tobacco free law barring smoking in public to include tobacco and nicotine delivery systems. Violators are subject to a $25 ...

Lawmakers Consider New Smoking Restrictions on Bar Patios [VIDEO]
WIFR - September 18, 2014

The Illinois Department of Public Help is trying to rewrite the rules for what can be allowed on bar patios, beer gardens, decks, rooftops, or concession areas. Smokers will still be able to light up in those spots, but if the rules are changed, smokers will have to serve themselves. Servers and other employees wont be legally allowed to serve customers smoking in these areas. Some local bar owners fear the proposed changes would affect business and alienate a large portion of their customer base. …

E-cigarettes banned from District 117 property
WLDS-WEAI News - September 18, 2014

District 117 school board members unanimously agreed to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on school property at last night's meeting. Taking effect ...

Beer gardens face a smoke-free ban
The Daily Vidette (ISU, Illinois State University) - September 16, 2014

Illinois Department of Health says tighter regulations on outdoor smoking areas would make restaurants and bars healthier. This campaign to stop smoking in all enclosed areas such as beer gardens, started when Kouri’s Pub in Peoria was cited for letting

Liquor commission may oversee tobacco and massage businesses ...
Chicago Tribune - September 16, 2014

He went on to say that staff would also like the commission to consider a possible ordinance specific to e-cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products.

County Board Makes Changes in Liquor Ordinance, No Smoking ...
Effingham's News Leader - September 15, 2014

The change to the no smoking ordinance makes it reflect state law, which includes penalties of up to $1,000 for a violation, and includes a more specific ...

Get your butts out of Chicago's parks
The Columbiachronicle - September 15, 2014

The new ordinance that bans smoking in parks, harbors, beaches and playgrounds ... banning smoking from beaches and playgrounds on top of a 2008 ban on ...

Confronting a smoker at the dog park
ChicagoNow (blog) - September 14, 2014

Ever since I heard about the city passing a smoking ban for all Chicago Park District property, I wondered how I would handle smokers should they light up in the ...

Will public scorn keep cigarettes out of parks?
Chicago Tribune - September 13, 2014

You have not only violated the ban on smoking in Chicago parks but you're proof of ... its smoking ban beyond playgrounds and beaches to parks and harbors.

Chicago Park District bans smoking in city parks
Kankakee Daily Journal - September 12, 2014

Park District Superintendent Mike Kelly said the ban that passed on Wednesday is a health initiative that aims to protect park visitors, not to fine smokers, the ...

Vaping, smoking now the same under Wilmette regulations
Wilmette Life - September 11, 2014

Wilmette joined a growing number of communities this week when it banned the sale of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to teens under the age of 18, and prohibited people from using the devices anywhere in the village that traditional cigarettes are banned.

Wilmette regulates e-cigarettes as tobacco product
Chicago Tribune - September 11, 2014

The Wilmette village board recently voted to regulate e-cigarettes the same way it does all tobacco products.

Proposal: Businesses must keep downtown clean
Alton Telegraph - September 11, 2014

... study; the state's "Smoke Free Illinois" law prohibits smoking from within 15 feet of a ... The current ordinance, which Schrempf said may be amended to specify ...

Park District bans smoking at parks
Chicago Sun-Times - September 10, 2014

The ban includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes, tobacco and marijuana. It also includes medical marijuana. Prior to the adoption of the resolution, Mike Kolleng of the ...

Smoking, E-Cigarettes Banned From Chicago Parks ...
DNA info - September 10, 2014

CHICAGO - The Chicago Park District's Board of Commissioners voted to ban all forms of smoking in Chicago parks, beaches, playlots and ...

09-10-14 Illinois Law Now!
The Shopper Online - September 10, 2014

Beginning July 1, 2015, the Smoke Free Campus Act will go into effect, banning smoking in both indoor and outdoor spaces on campuses. Exceptions are made ...

Tobacco Store has some Parents Smoking Mad
WAND - September 8, 2014

Chad Barker has emphysema from years of smoking and is speaking out against ... "We need to pass some kind of zoning ordinance so that this doesn't happen ...

Luciano: Public Health rule change would deliver blow to beer gardens
Peoria Journal Star - September 8, 2014

Even if you dont smoke, you should be burning mad over a state agencys back-door attempt to cram a do-gooder agenda down your throat. The Illinois Department of Public Health says tighter regulations on outdoor smoking areas would make bars and restaurants healthier. But some bar owners fret that changing the rules more than six years after the Smoke Free Illinois Act kicked in could force them to shut down beer gardens and fire employees. Plus, some irritated lawmakers peg the suggested switcheroos as stretching far beyond the departments purview.

Chicago Park Smoking Ban
The Cigar Authority - September 8, 2014

On Wednesday the park district board of Chicago is set to vote on a proposal that will ban smoking in any of Chicago's parks or harbors. There is already a ban ...

Smoking ban could lead to litter in city
Northern Star Online - September 8, 2014

If DeKalb is going to implement an ordinance that bans people from smoking within 15 feet of patios in public places, it should be ready to compromise by giving smokers other options for where to put their cigarette butts and ashes.

Letter to the editor E-cigarette editorial degrades all users
The Alestle - September 4, 2014

The campus-wide smoking ban will be in force in short order; the non-smokers have won their victory. Must you now gloat about your victory by publicly shaming ...

Smoking ban could decline enrollment
Western Courier - September 3, 2014

...17, banning both indoor and outdoor smoking at all state-supported colleges and universities, which takes effect on July 1, 2015. This rule bans all forms of ...

Chicago Park District considering ban on smoking in city parks
WFLD Television Fox (Chicago, IL) - September 3, 2014

You might want to smoke 'em if you got 'em especially if you spend a lot of time in Chicago city parks

Anti-smoking ordinance debate continues
Northern Star Online - September 3, 2014

Others think the health benefits from the smoking ban outweigh potential ... to accommodate a law that banned smoking in and within 15 feet of restaurants, ...

Stricter Illinois Smoking Policy Could Affect Local Businesses
CIproud.com - September 2, 2014

Under the new policy, smoking would be banned at all businesses in which food ... It's proposal for the smoking ban reads, in part, “The economic effect of this ...

Will mayor, group ignite effort to end smoking in Chicago parks?
RedEye Chicago - September 2, 2014

Emanuel “strongly supports smoke-free policies such as these because they create an environment that encourages smokers to quit and discourages kids from ...

Smoking to be banned on Parkland campus
Prospectus News - September 2, 2014

Parkland College, in compliance with Illinois' smoking ban on all ... will make the transition to a smoke-free campus, banning smoking on its school grounds.

Quinn signs campus-wide smoking ban
The Columbiachronicle - September 2, 2014

Pat Quinn signed the Smoke Free Campus Act August . 17 to ban smoking on all state-funded public college and university campuses, part of Quinn's initiative to ...

Outdoor smoking areas eyed for ban
The State Journal-Register - September 1, 2014

Puffing would be explicitly banned in beer gardens, patios and other outdoor seating areas in the next six to nine months if the new regulations are adopted, ...

No smoking ban applies to Illini tailgaters too
STLtoday.com - August 31, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. The University of Illinois is reminding football fans that its new smoke-free campus policy applies to tailgaters in Memorial Stadium parking ...

Elk Grove May Continue Clampdown On E-Cigarettes
Journal & Topics Newspapers Online - August 30, 2014

Elk Grove Village trustees August . 19 discussed imposing the same ban on smoking e-cigarettes in public places as currently exists for regular cigarettes. They will likely vote on the issue early next month.

Lockport to consider downtown business restrictions
Suburban Life Publications - August 30, 2014

The ordinance for Wednesdays vote also includes changes to the citys zoning regulations, broadening the definition of tobacco shop to include shops that sell electronic smoking devices. The ordinance also seeks a consolidation of second-hand retail store classifications.

U of I smoking ban applies to football tailgaters
The Edwardsville Intelligencer - August 30, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The University of Illinois is reminding football fans that its new smoke-free campus policy applies to tailgaters in Memorial Stadium ...

'We're not the no-smoking police'
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette - August 30, 2014

The University of Illinois campus went smoke-free Jan. 1, and that means no more smoking indoors or out on university property. The new policy, approved in a student referendum and adopted by the campus, is part of a growing national movement, with more than 1,100 college campuses now smoke-free....

New park signs discourage smoking in play areas
The State Journal-Register - August 26, 2014

Pat Quinn recently signed into law a measure that will ban smoking inside and outside on all public college and university campuses in the state, beginning next ...

DeKalb Council Passes Partial Ban Cigarettes
MyStateline.com - August 26, 2014

The DeKalb City Council voted 5-3 in favor of banning smoking on outdoor patios at public places. The ban includes restaurants and bars. E-Cigarettes also fall ...

Ribbon cutting ceremony held in Springfield to celebrate Kid ...
WAND - August 26, 2014

The signs serve as a reminder to keep playground areas smoke free. According to the U.S. Surgeon General's report, children can be especially vulnerable to ...

Elk Grove Village considers banning electronic cigarette indoors at ...
Chicago Daily Herald - August 26, 2014

There are some reports that indicate electronic cigarettes can be used to inhale ... sale, purchase and possession of the devices by minors -- which all committee ...

ISU soon to be a smoke-free campus
Vidette Online - August 24, 2014

The new law banning tobacco use on campuses passed by Gov. Pat Quinn will go into effect July 1, 2015. The smoking ban passed by Gov. Quinn applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces on college campuses. Quinn also signed a restriction on the use of e-cigarettes.

University smoking ban gets mixed reviews among those directly affected [VIDEO]
WREX-TV (registration) - August 23, 2014

Smoking on college campuses is soon to be a thing of the past in Illinois. Governor. Quinn signed a bill banning smoking across state campuses by next school ...

Illinois may soon ban smoking in beer gardens, outdoor seating areas
Peoria Journal-Star - August 23, 2014

Some of the last public places smokers can legally light up will become smoke free under new rules proposed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Puffing would be explicitly banned in beer gardens, patios and other outdoor seating areas in the next six to nine months if the new regulations are adopted, according to a description of the rules published last week in the Illinois Register.

Student Government starts amendment process in response to ...
The Alestle - August 22, 2014

Illinois passed a law this summer banning smoking at public universities starting ... As of now, this ban prevents anyone from smoking anywhere on campus, ... is [that it will] be banned or we're going to get an amendment to continue smoking.

Streamwood considers restricting electronic cigarette sales
Chicago Daily Herald - August 22, 2014

Fearing that electronic cigarettes pose health risks, Streamwood officials plan to ban the sale of the controversial product to minors before a similar state law ...

New law restricts e-cig displays
Paris Beacon News - August 22, 2014

E-cigarettes will soon have the same display restrictions in stores as tobacco ... which will require alternative nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes, to be ...

Tableside Service in Smoking Areas Could End
WSIL TV - August 21, 2014

Health officials are considering tightening the state's smoking ban to protect food ... Smoking has been banned in Illinois bars and restaurants since 2008, but ...

New rules for smoking in beer gardens on tap
Bloomington Pantagraph - August 21, 2014

The new regulations are an outgrowth of hearings held more than two years ago aimed at addressing the state's indoor smoking ban when it comes to outdoor ...

Mundelein Police Department receives a grant from the Illinois ...
Mundelein Review - August 20, 2014

The Mundelein Police Department was chosen to receive a grant from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission in order to reduce youth access to tobacco.

Casino concert season in Festival Park closes Wednesday with ...
Elgin Courier News - August 20, 2014

Those changes include the presence of the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, the smoking ban, and the growing presence of video gaming terminals in area bars ...

Batavia: Still 'no' to video gambling
Chicago Daily Herald - August 19, 2014

The city council voted 8-6 Monday to keep its ban in place. It banned video gambling in 2009 when the state first allowed it and gave towns the chance ... considered banning smoking in restaurants and bars in 2007, a town-by-town ban puts ...

ECC's front yard to get $1.9M makeover
Elgin Courier News - August 19, 2014

Dawson said an outdoor area known as The Smoking Corner will become no-smoking because of a new state law that bans smoking on public college ...

Health department thanks Kish for smoke-free efforts
The MidWeek - August 19, 2014

Health department thanks Kish for smoke-free efforts. Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 10:20 a.m. CDT. Caption. (Provided photo). From left, Mike Kokott and ...

Emanuel urged to ban smoking in city parks, apply cigarette tax to ...
Chicago Sun-Times - August 18, 2014

Ald. Joann Thompson (16th), who quit smoking in 2012 after 44 years, accepts a plaque from Joel Africk, president and CEO of the Respiratory Health ...

Rock Valley Preparing for 'No Smoking' Campus-wide.
MyStateline.com - August 18, 2014

ROCKFORD- On the first day of class, smokers are a common sight on the Rock Valley College campus. But come July 1st of next year, Rock Valley students will ...

ISU Reacts to Quinn Signing New Smoking Ban Policy
CIproud.com - August 18, 2014

ISU hopes the smoking ban will be a smooth transition for students. ... a committee to look into how the new campus-wide smoking ban will effect the university.

Question of the day
The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) - August 18, 2014

The Question: Do you agree or disagree with this smoking ban? ... Restaurants and other facilities that banned smoking made the experience better. ... If bans are to protect the health of non-smokers, that's fine, but if the goal is .... Banning smoking near entrances and air intakes makes sense, but all of an outdoor area?

Elgin agrees to lower rent as casino talks of adding entertainment ...
Chicago Daily Herald - July 24, 2014

Video gambling machines are expected to continue eating away at the casino's profits, which already took a 40 percent hit after the statewide smoking ban in ...

Council moves along amending Grand Victoria Casino lease, hears ...
Elgin Courier News - July 24, 2014

“Of the other nine riverboat casinos in Illinois, it appears that only two other ... a smoking ban in late 2007, then the opening of the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines ...

Op-Ed: NRA opposes Rep. Robin Kelly on outlawing marketing ...
DigitalJournal.com - July 23, 2014

... the FTC or CPSC to work with states attorneys general to enforce the ban. ... die early from smoking if we do not do more to reduce current smoking rates.".

Healthy Chicago Spotlights Potential of Public Health, Primary Care ...
AAFP News Now - July 23, 2014

Perhaps the best example of these efforts addresses tobacco regulation. ... a law restricting sales of flavored tobacco and menthol cigarettes within 500 feet of a school. ... In addition, the e-cigarette ordinance was helped considerably by a ...

Rowhomes approved near DuPage River
Chicago Tribune - July 22, 2014

Trustees also approved an amendment to a cigarette and tobacco ordinance ... of 18 from purchasing, possessing and selling electronic cigarettes in the village.

Parking restrictions, cigarette and tobacco regulations amended
The Bugle - July 22, 2014

It also prohibits sale to minors and possession by minors. ... Tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or tobacco accessories may not be sold, offered, given away ...

DeKalb leaders considering e-cigarette rules
Dekalb Daily Chronicle - July 21, 2014

DeKALB – DeKalb city officials are researching rules that could regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes and where people can use them.

Support grows for raising age for tobacco sales
Evanston Now - July 18, 2014

Evanston has been a leader in anti-smoking efforts, he said, in that it was one of the first communities in the state to ban smoking in bars and restaurants, and he ...

Knox County sheriff hopes e-cigarettes will curb inmate conflicts
Peoria Journal Star - July 18, 2014

Clague said inmates can't smoke regular cigarettes while incarcerated, but they often find ways to smuggle them in. He hopes by offering e-cigs inmates won't ...

Support grows for raising age for tobacco sales
Evanston Now - July 17, 2014

Evanston has been a leader in anti-smoking efforts, he said, in that it was one of the first communities in the state to ban smoking in bars and restaurants, and he ...

Knox County wants to sell e-cigarettes to inmates
Washington Times - July 17, 2014

Knox County Sheriff David Clague told county board members Monday that he has found vendor Cross Bar Electronic Cigarettes, which has designed ...

Keep Carbondale Beautiful Fights Against Cigarette Litter
WSIL TV - July 15, 2014

Smokers can toss their butts in on the way into a smoke-free area. Business owners say they've already seen a difference in the amount of cigarette litter.

Deerfield Considers Banning Electronic Cigarettes in Public
Patch.com - July 10, 2014

It would do this by adding language about e-cigarettes to existing ordinances banning smoking in public places and the sale of tobacco products to minors.

Health Department Seeking New Grant To Continue Initiatives
WGIL Radio News - July 10, 2014

... the work that we have going now with our complete streets and our work site and our tobacco free public places that we're working on right now,” says Olson.

Zoom In: Vernon Hills
Vernon Hills Review - July 9, 2014

The request to the park district, however, was not answered. Park commissioners enacted a smoking ban in all parks late in 2013 and decided that ban was final.

Chicago's ban on indoor e-cigarette use begins today [VIDEO]
Examiner.com - July 7, 2014

Ever been in a restaurant and/or bar that doesn't allow smoking and still been surrounded by smoke, or vapor? For Chicagoans, that ends now. Today marks the start of a ban passed in January by the City Council. Now people who smoke e-cigarettes will have to take it outside with all other smokers.

Ban E-Cigs From Minors? Elk Grove Mulls
Journal & Topics Newspapers Online - July 3, 2014

The Elk Grove Village Judiciary Planning and Zoning (JPZ) Committee made recommendations to the village board regarding e-cigarettes and sandwich board signs last month. As with regular cigarettes, it is currently illegal under state law for people under 18 to purchase electronic cigarettes that use flavored water vapor rather than tobacco. Committee Chairman Sam Lissner said the JPZ is recommending Elk Grove Village take that state law one step further making possession of e-cigarettes by minors illegal.

Deerfield to restrict e-cigarette sale, use
Deerfield Review - July 1, 2014

Deerfield will soon be regulating e-cigarettes the same way it controls the purchase and smoking of tobacco. Direction to prepare an ordinance changing Deerfields laws on the sale and public smoking of tobacco to include e-cigarettes was given to Village Manager Kent Street Monday, June 30, during a meeting of the Village Boards Committee of the Whole. If the board passes the proposed ordinance, people under 18 will not be allowed to purchase e-cigarettes in the village. Smoking them will be banned in all places where tobacco cannot be smoked, such as restaurants and public buildings, according to Police Chief John Sliozis.

VU amends merit pay raise policy
The Daily Record - June 26, 2014

In other action, the Board approved an amendment to VU's Tobacco Policy that treats the use of electronic-cigarettes identically to tobacco use, restricting use to only designated areas. Provost Chuck Johnson said the amendment is similar to action approved by the University of Southern Indiana. He said it would "aid the overall enforcement of the policy."

Quincy School Board not moving forward with random drug testing ... [VIDEO]
WGEM - June 26, 2014

... curriculum, focusing more on "making good decisions" for the younger kids.He says they have also modified the school's policy to include banning e-cigarettes ...

Emanuel gun sale plan to get City Council vote today
Chicago Tribune - June 25, 2014

In other City Council action today: *Aldermen will consider a plan by Lakeview Ald. Tom Tunney to prohibit the city from issuing or renewing a license to sell tobacco to anyone who sells tobacco accessories who has a felony conviction in the past five years for selling drug paraphernalia.

City Council poised to tighten the reins on head shops
Chicago Sun-Times - June 25, 2014

With our new findings as well with the e-cigarettes if the stuff leaks out of the equipment that it could cause heart attacks and different things like that there's

Students question SIUE smoking ban
KSDK - June 23, 2014

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Southern Illinois University's Edwardsville campus is to be smoke-free in a year, but some students don't think that's fair.

Student leaders hope to change smoke-free campus law for SIUE
Belleville News Democrat - June 21, 2014

By next summer, all of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be a non-smoking zone - but some students are hoping to prevent that, and they question whether people will even comply.

Clear the air
Chicago Tribune (blog) - June 20, 2014

Summer means pollen, stale air, Uncle Johnny's cigar smoke and other airborne irritants. This is when a good air purifier comes in handy. There are dozens of air purifiers on the market. We chose four to look at. Breathe easier.

Arlington Hts. Bans E-Cigs In Public Places
Journal & Topics Newspapers Online - June 19, 2014

Smokers who have switched to electronic cigarettes must still watch where they puff in Arlington Hts. The village board Monday approved amending their Clean Air Ordinance to treat the devices the same as regular cigarettes. Trustees discussed the idea during their committee of the whole meeting on June 9.

Tunney seeks restrictions on shop owners' tobacco sales
Chicago Tribune - June 18, 2014

Chicago tobacco sellers with past convictions for selling drug paraphernalia could lose their tobacco retailer licenses under a plan being pushed by a Lakeview alderman who hopes to thin out a dense collection of "head shops" he said are drawing the ire of neighboring businesses. Ald. Tom Tunney, 44th, said there are about 10 stores selling "tobacco accessories" in the vicinity of Belmont Avenue and Clark Street.

Chicago Tobacco Flavoring Restriction to Take Effect
Convenience Store Decisions - June 17, 2014

A Chicago ordinance banning the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of a school goes into effect on July 15, 2014, the Cigar Association of ...

Arlington Heights adds e-cigs to smoking ban
Chicago Tribune - June 17, 2014

Arlington Heights took another stand against electronic cigarettes by including them in its long-standing smoking ban. The village board on Monday voted to include e-cigarettes to its Clean Indoor Air Ordinance, which prohibits smoking in public spaces and within 15 feet of a door.

Statewide Campus Smoking Ban Considered
WNIJ and WNIU - June 17, 2014

Smoking could be banned at all of Illinois' public colleges under legislation passed by the General Assembly.

Electronic cigarette use prohibited on county property
Alton Telegraph - June 16, 2014

Apparently the use of an electronic cigarette falls under the no smoking policy on county property the fiscal court passed recently ...

Statewide Campus Smoking Ban Considered
WSIU - June 16, 2014

Smoking could be banned at all of Illinois' public colleges under legislation passed by the General Assembly.

Rosemont convention center could get smoking ban exemption
Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo wants exception to Illinois smoking ban
Chicago Daily Herald - June 12, 2014

Rosemont's convention center could get a temporary exemption in the state smoking ban that would allow it to host a tobacco industry trade show next year. Organizers of the Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo, which has been held in Las Vegas for the past decade, are considering holding an additional show in summer 2015 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Because attendees often sample cigarettes and tobacco products at the Las Vegas show, organizers lobbied for an exemption in the Illinois smoking ban that would open up the door to the expo coming to Rosemont. The exemption, which passed the state House and Senate late last month, would allow the village-owned convention center to host the expo anytime until Oct. 1, 2015. Gov. Pat Quinn has about 50 days left to decide whether to sign or veto the bill. A spokesman said Quinn is reviewing the bill to determine what action he will take…

Ordinance Bans E-Cigarettes On CTA Property
Chicagoist - June 12, 2014

People who use e-cigarettes have fewer places in Chicago to vape after the Chicago Transit Authority board approved an ordinance banning the devices on CTA property, including rail stations…

E-cig smoking banned at CTA rail stations; OK to 'vape' at bus stops
Chicago Sun-Times - June 12, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are off-limits at Chicago Transit Authority rail stations and other CTA property, but smokers can vape away at CTA bus stops under an ordinance approved Tuesday…

CTA bans e-cigarettes on all trains, buses
Chicago Tribune - June 12, 2014

The CTA board on Wednesday passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes at rail stations, on trains and on buses, effective immediately. The use of e-cigarettes and tobacco products is legal at CTA bus stops, which are located in the public way, officials said…

City Council votes to ban drug paraphernalia
Peoria Journal Star - June 11, 2014

PEORIA Bongs and one-hitters apparently wont be sold at Peoria businesses much longer. The ordinance also increases the distances tobacco sellers must be located from schools, from 100 feet between buildings to 350 feet between property lines. E-cigarette sales to minors are to be banned.

SIUE will protect lives starting July 2015
The Alestle - June 11, 2014

This means no smoking outside of Peck Hall, in the comfort of the soft grass of the ... such as mandatory seatbelt laws or even the recent law banning drivers from ... But these laws have saved many lives, and this smoking ban will have the ...

Arlington Heights might regulate e-cigarettes in public places
Chicago Daily Herald - June 10, 2014

Arlington Heights may soon start regulating e-cigarettes the same as tobacco cigarettes, meaning they wouldn't be allowed in restaurants and other public

CTA board poised to add electronic cigarettes to smoking ban
RedEye Chicago - June 9, 2014

CTA board poised to add electronic cigarettes to smoking ban ... considered the battery-powered vaporizers banned under its no-smoking policy, but now ... subway smoking policy in light of a city law that took effect in April that bans electronic ...

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Alton Telegraph – June 9, 2014

Well, has anyone else noticed that since they banned smoking how many of the Fraternal Organizations such as the Eagles, Moose, VFW and other groups who ...

Smoke Shows May Go Ahead At Rosemont Convention Center
Journal & Topics Newspapers Online - June 5, 2014

Illinois legislators approved an amendment lifting the state's smoking ban to allow tobacco and tobacco product conventions to take place at the convention ...

D-99 bans e-cigarettes
My Suburban Life - June 4, 2014

The code already banned tobacco products but did not previously list the ... Like traditional tobacco products, possessing or smoking e-cigarettes will now be ...

Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers
The State - June 2, 2014

Illinois law allows smoking, ingesting or topical marijuana treatment for more ... For that reason alone, the sale of e-cigarettes to minors needed to be banned. ... Iowa lawmakers actually went a bit further and expanded the ban to include ... The tougher decision came in banning the sale of the items that contain no nicotine.

RHA Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect
23 WIFR CBS (Rockford, IL) – May 31, 2014

Starting Saturday, those who live at Rockford Housing Authority properties will have to do the same, though some renters think this new rule goes a little too far. If Cynthia Jones wants to smoke a cigarette, she has to leave her apartment at Brewington...

Illinois House lifts smoking ban for Rosemont tobacco show
Crain's Chicago Business – May 30, 2014

While grappling with major Illinois issues like the budget and funding for the Illiana expressway, the Illinois House of Representatives has found time to give ...

No problem
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette – May 30, 2014

... the jihad led by anti-smoking zealots, but rejecting smoke bans of this nature is a step in the right direction. ... But there is no real point to banning smoke in places like public parks, where ... That's why smoking has been banned on the University of Illinois campus. ... In other words, the UI campus ban is widely ignored.

Champaign Will Not Ban Smoking in Parks
WAND - May 29, 2014

Joe DeLuce takes the effects of second hand smoke seriously. He's lost a close relative to lung cancer. Wednesday night, he lead a Champaign Park District ...

No smoking ban in Champaign parks, for now
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette - May 28, 2014

CHAMPAIGN — Park district officials say they will continue to monitor issues surrounding smoking in public parks, but board members are not overly ...

Downers Grove high schools ban e-cigarettes, adjust other policies
Chicago Tribune-by Dawn Rhodes - May 25, 2014

E-cigarettes now are banned in Downers Grove District 99 high schools. The previous rule prohibited smoking and the use of tobacco on school grounds and at ...

LETTERS : Council overreach scarier than secondhand smoke
South Bend Tribune - May 24, 2014

As a mature nonsmoking adult I have one observation to offer regarding the recent attempt by the South Bend Common Council to pass a more restrictive smoking ban. This also applies to the St. Joseph County Council and its countywide burn ban ordinance passed last year.

Follow that Bill
News Tribune - May 23, 2014

S. 2047 and H.R. 4325 — The Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette ... or marketing in commerce of electronic cigarettes in a manner that is known, ...

WRITE TEAM: Customer etiquette in a restaurant
The Times (subscription) - May 22, 2014

Let me begin with one of the most irksome — smoking in the drive-through window. Perhaps this ..... I have a right to breathe air free of secondhand smoke.

Cook County Board ponders regulations on smoking assorted ...
nwitimes. com - May 21, 2014

The ordinance reads that smoking is banned within 15 feet of a county facility, or 30 feet of a county-operated healthcare facility. The measure passed without ...

Oak Park moves fast, bans e-cigs indoors
Wednesday Journal - May 21, 2014

Oak Park village trustees unanimously approved an ordinance Monday banning the use of electronic cigarettes in indoor public places. Under the new ordinance, the e-cigarettes are treated the same as regular cigarettes, requiring so-called "vapers" to step outside before inhaling the nicotine laden mist.

Indoor e-cig smoking banned in Oak Park
Chicago Tribune - May 21, 2014

Trustees expressed concerns about the public health effects of "e-cigarettes" ... the example of Chicago, whose ban on e-cigarettes went into effect April 29.

Cook County Board to take up e-cigarette regulation today
Chicago Tribune - May 21, 2014

Board President Toni Preckwinkle plans to introduce at the board's meeting an ordinance to ban the use of e-cigarettes in county facilities and vehicles.

St. Charles may ramp up regulation of tobacco sales
Chicago Daily Herald - May 20, 2014

Store clerks and owners who sell tobacco to people not old enough to purchase it may soon face more severe consequences in St. Charles. The city charges tobacco retailers a $50 annual fee for a tobacco license. Rogina indicated shop owners found in violation could find themselves with a suspended or revoked tobacco license if the commission warrants. A higher tobacco licensing fee is also in the offing

Advocates lend their voice for lung friendly policies at Illinois State ...
nwitimes.com - May 16, 2014

... decision makers and spoke with them about policies related to lung health including: raising awareness of COPD and asthma, creating smoke-free campuses, ...

Canton council holds off on e-cigarette decision
Canton Daily Ledger - May 15, 2014

The Canton City Council chose to hold off on deciding whether or not to prohibit e-cigarettes in public places at its Clerical Committees meeting Tuesday, as any ...

eCigs added to village code
Morton Times-News - May 13, 2014

The Morton Village Board approved an update to the Morton Municipal Code May 5 that makes the selling of electronic cigarettes to minors illegal in the village.

Hike in Washington high school registration fee OK'd
Peoria Journal Star - May 12, 2014

The vote was unanimous. Approved a high school student handbook change that bans the use or possession of electronic cigarettes on school property.

Health advocates seek increase in smoking age in Evanston
Evanston Review - May 8, 2014

Through public education, smoking cessation programs and smoke-free laws, such as that passed in Evanston, smoking rates in the country have dropped from ...

Student Senate may seek smoke-free campus
The Knox Student - May 7, 2014

“Obviously secondhand smoke is an issue, but a huge move in the ... “I don't believe in an all-out ban, but I think that specified smoking areas could be beneficial ...

Wheaton City Council's big 3: Cheap salt, library smoking ban and a ...
Suburban Life Publications - May 7, 2014

In a consent agenda item, the council added the Wheaton Public Library to its list of unenclosed public places and outdoor venues that prohibit smoking.

Morton makes it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to minors
Peoria Journal Star - May 6, 2014

MORTON Selling electronic cigarettes to minors in the village is now illegal. So is the possession and use by minors of the battery-powered alternative to traditional cigarettes that has come under scrutiny lately because of possible health risks. Village Board trustees passed ordinance amendments Monday that add e-cigarettes to regulations regarding the sale, delivery and consumption of tobacco products by minors (younger than age 18).

City Council continues discussion on smoking ban
Galesburg Register-Mail - May 6, 2014

ONEIDA While sveral local towns have banned smoking on city property or in ... to be labeled if an ordinance banning smoking in city parks were approved.

Report urges 21 as minimum age for tobacco sales
Evanston Now - May 5, 2014

The Evanston Health Action Council tonight will urge Evanston aldermen to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21.

More no-smoking zones?
Champaign/ Urbana News-Gazette – May 2, 2014

The American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation has a list of 921 municipalities that have smoke-free parks, and says the entire state of Oklahoma requires parks ...

SHAPIRO: Don't be seduced by e-cigarettes
Chicago Tribune - May 2, 2014

Addictions can inhibit emotional intensity, artistic urges and love. They act as blockades. Since I quit smoking....When you give up a toxic habit, you leave room for something beautiful to take its place. It shouldn't be electronic cigarettes.

Legislation would ban smoking outdoors on college campuses
MyWebTimes.com - May 1, 2014

If a bill in the Illinois Senate becomes law, smoking will be banned on all publicly funded ... "I understand the bans in enclosed places, but this is ridiculous." ...

Chicago snuffs public smoking of e-cigarettes
Columbus Dispatch - May 1, 2014

It went into effect a week after the Food and Drug Administration announced plans to regulate e-cigarettes for the first time by banning sales to minors and ...

E-cigarettes banned in Chicago, Rockford wonders who's next
WREX-TV – April 30, 2014

ROCKFORD (WREX) - When it comes to banning people from using cigarettes ... For many e-cigarettes were a way around the indoor smoking ban, but with ...

Hookah Buzz blows into Berwyn
Suburban Life Publications – April 30, 2014

... that separates Hookah Buzz from other hookah lounges is the fact the lounge is equipped with a strong ventilation system that pulls expelled smoke out of the ...

Chicago indoor e-cigarette smoking ban takes effect today
Chicago Tribune - April 29, 2014

... to begin regulating e-cigarettes for the first time by banning sales to minors and requiring ... Emanuel pushed the city rules in part on the grounds e-cigarettes are ... outlawing e-cigarette use inside will be a boon to big tobacco companies.

Chicago's E-Cigarette Indoor Ban Takes Effect
Chicagoist - April 29, 2014

An ordinance regulating electronic cigarettes in the same manner as tobacco products in Chicago takes effect Tuesday, making Chicago one of the largest cities in the nation to impose restrictions on the increasingly popular vaping devices.

Ban On Indoor Use Of E-Cigarettes Begins In Chicago [VIDEO]
CBS Local - April 29, 2014

Earlier this year, the City Council voted to add e-cigarettes to the city's indoor smoking ban, which prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants, and inside most other ...

PHA Exploring Smoke-Free Housing
CIproud.com - April 28, 2014

Monday PHA heard the results of a survey given to residents at Sterling Towers. The Hult Center for Healthy Living led the study and says half of the residents ...

New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco Implementing Electronic Cigarette Laws: Millions protected from exposure to e-cigarette secondhand aerosol
PRNewswire-USNewswire - April 28, 2014

BERKELEY, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights: On April 29, 2014, New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco will implement laws that prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in smokefree environments. Each of these cities amended existing smokefree laws to include these new electronic smoking devices, which include vape pens, e-hookahs, and e-cigarettes, as products that are not permitted for use in smokefree areas. In addition, the California cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach implemented similar laws earlier this month. Roughly 17 million residents who live in these cities will be affected by these new protections. "Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights supports the inclusion of e-cigarettes and similar electronic smoking devices in smokefree laws," said Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director. "The science on the constituents of the secondhand aerosol indicates that hazardous pollutants are emitted into the air including lead, chromium, nicotine, and propylene glycol, along with other ultrafine particles and volatile organic compounds. These laws are designed to protect worker and patron health and safety." …

Legislators crack down on e-cigarette liquids
The Columbiachronicle - April 28, 2014

Gabel said she was inspired to introduce the bill after a physician pointed out the dangers of e-cigarettes, which are generally assumed to be healthier than ...

Pass/Fail: Safe Passage expansion, anti-smoking bill
Northern Star Online - April 27, 2014

The Illinois Senate is awaiting a final vote in May for the Smoke-Free Campus Act, which would ban tobacco smoking completely on any state public college ...

Springfield City Council to discuss video gambling restrictions
The State Journal-Register - April 27, 2014

... restaurants make up for revenue they lost due to the statewide smoking ban, he said. ... The Nevada Resort Association, a casino lobbying group, backed the ...

GG Chicago Tribune ($$)
Butler Eagle (subscription) - April 26, 2014

In Chicago, e-cigarettes will be outlawed in all smoke-free environments, just as regular cigarettes are, starting Tuesday. It's hard to say if e-cigarettes will always ...

Skokie students use art to say no to smoking
Skokie Review - April 25, 2014

The Health Department partnered with Peer Services of Evanston for the poster contest entitled Second Hand Smoke Is No Joke. It was open to students ...

State Rep. Gabel bill calls for safeguards on e-cigs
Evanston Review - April 25, 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.

A push to end tobacco sales? Here's how it will play out
Crain's Chicago Business - April 25, 2014

“Pharmacies and drugstores, which increasingly market themselves as a source for ... Punishing taxes, sales restrictions and outright bans have failed to stop people from ... The result: The state has the nation's highest rate of cigarette smuggling, ... Make it still more difficult for people to buy cigarettes or other tobacco ...

Why lighting up may soon be illegal at NIU
Northern Star Online - April 23, 2014

A bill awaiting a final vote in May from the Illinois Senate would ban the smoking of tobacco at the states public universities and community colleges. If passed, SB2202, or the Smoke-Free Campus Act, will prohibit smoking outside ... windows and ventilation intakes, according to a memorandum posted Dec.

Senator Gibson's legislative update
Alton Telegraph - April 21, 2014

We banned e-cigarettes for our minors and created an adult abuse registry for the safety of our adults in assisted living. We made medication more accessible by ...

Councilwoman wants cigarette sale signs removed from stores
nwitimes.com - April 21, 2014

EAST CHICAGO | The sale of cigarettes, both traditional and electronic, has one East Chicago City Council member concerned. Sixth District Councilwoman Gilda Orange has asked the City Council send letters to two Dollar General stores in East Chicago to request they remove outside signs that she said advertise cheap cigarettes.

La Sorella started Chicago-Naperville movement
Naperville Sun - April 19, 2014

Most restaurants at the time still provided smoking sections, but the no-smoking movement was starting to gain momentum. Harris suggested they ban smoking ...

Bill to stomp out smoking on campuses
The Daily Eastern News-Eastern Illinois Universty Paper - April 18, 2014

The Smoke Free Campus Act would prohibit smoking on campuses effective July 1, including offices, residences halls and outdoor areas. However, areas such as enclosed laboratories not open to the public, where smoking is necessary for medical or ...

Huntley District 158 votes to ban e-cigarettes in schools
ABC7Chicago.com - April 17, 2014

[FILE] A sales associate demonstrates the use of a electronic cigarette and the smoke like vapor that comes from it in Aurora, Colo. on Wednesday, March 2, ...

AH Law Bans E-Cigarette Sales To Children
Journal & Topics Newspapers Online - April 17, 2014

The village board last week updated the Arlington Hts. Municipal Code to prohibit the sale of alternative nicotine products, such as electronic cigarettes, ...

SIU possibly facing deeper budget, job cuts
The Southern - April 17, 2014

The board also agreed to delay the implementation of the campus-wide ban on smoking, set to go into effect July 1, until the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, which ..

Skokie, Ill., Resident Joins International Medical Education ...
Chicago Tribune - April 17, 2014

She was instrumental in the ACS's efforts on passage of The Smoke-free Illinois Act in 2008. The Act, still in effect today, prohibits smoking in virtually all public ...

Top 5: Improve commuter parking, WiFi over break
Northern Star Online - April 17, 2014

If the measure passes, all public college and universities in Illinois will be required to make their campuses non-smoking by July 1. If the bill isn't approved, the ...

ISS prepares for Sen. Durbin town hall meeting
Daily Illini - April 17, 2014

...enabled me, a once hopelessly addicted tobacco cigarette smoker, to be tobacco free for 3.5 years and enjoy drastically.improved health. If the E-Cig was ...

Smoking in the park: Discouraged but not banned
LaSalle News Tribune - April 16, 2014

The board had voiced concerns about banning smoking in the parks because ... “I'm personally very reluctant to outright ban smoking in the parks,”

Smoking in the park: Discouraged but not banned
LaSalle News Tribune - April 16, 2014

The board had voiced concerns about banning smoking in the parks because ... I'm personally very reluctant to outright ban smoking in the parks, board ...

Teen smoking sees dramatic drop in Chicago
ABC7Chicago.com - April 15, 2014

"Everybody's been consistent sending one, unambiguous message: You have to be tobacco-free," Emanuel said. The mayor's office is especially proud that teen ...

Statewide smoking ban for public universities and community colleges passes Illinois House
Daily Illini - April 15, 2014

The Illinois House of Representatives voted 67-44 on April 2 to pass the Smoke-Free Campus Act, a bill that would ban smoking at all public universities and community colleges across the state. While the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois and 13 other Illinois colleges already follow this policy, the bill requires all other universities and community colleges to craft their own enforcement policies. The bill, SB 2202, is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate, where it has support and opposition from both sides of the political spectrum.

Letter: Supports nationwide ban on smoking in cars with kids
The State Journal-Register - April 15, 2014

Illinois proposed a ban on smoking in cars with children. Second-hand smoking, also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), causes more than 3,000 non-smokers to die of lung cancer yearly, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

Teen Smoking Rate Hits All-Time Low In Chicago
CBS Local - April 15, 2014

The city has added e-cigarettes to its smoking ban, meaning the devices cannot be ... Smoking also is banned anywhere within 15 feet of a building entrance.

Towns target teens' use of e-cigarettes
Chicago Tribune - April 15, 2014

The village of Barrington has an ordinance that forbids minors from possessing e-cigarettes, and the local school system also bans the devices. But such is the concern over "vaping" the practice of inhaling nicotine-spiked vapor through a battery-powered pipe that when a student is caught with the gear, the police are alerted, too.

Lawmakers seek regulation of e-cigarette liquids
Chicago Tribune - April 13, 2014

An Illinois regulatory proposal, which the House approved 105-10 this month and now moves to the Senate, would enable the Illinois Department of Public Health to set specifications for the packaging of e-cigarette liquid, or e-liquid, refills.

Survey proposes a smoke–free campus
Western Courier (subscription) - April 11, 2014

It is finally happening. Western Illinois University has created a survey with the aim to make our campus tobacco free. More than a thousand college campuses in ...

Public housing resident faces eviction for smoking in Belleville ...
Belleville News Democrat - April 10, 2014

St. Clair County Housing Executive Director Dave Wagner said the intent of the policy is not to evict smokers, but to protect non-smokers from secondhand ...

OneEleven Loop Residential Tower Starts Pre-leasing Before July ...
DNAinfo - April 10, 2014

The smoke-free building is also pet friendly, with an on-site grooming center, indoor play area and outdoor dog run. "OneEleven is a symbol of Chicago's ...

D200 to add e-cigarettes to banned list
Chicago Tribune - April 10, 2014

If the ban of electronic cigarettes isn't clear on the school grounds of Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District 200, it will be by the next school year, .

Smoking Ban Coming to RHA Properties
WIFR - April 9, 2014

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The Rockford Housing Authority estimates 50-80% of its tenants smoke. Now, a new rule at RHA properties will limit where smokers light ...

Arlington Heights bans e-cigarettes for minors
Chicago Tribune - April 9, 2014

Electronic cigarettes for minors are now banned by village code in Arlington Heights, although police and high school officials say they haven't seen it become ...

Ban smoking in vehicles with kids
Bloomington Pantagraph - April 9, 2014

Recently, legislation to ban smoking in vehicles with children present has been proposed. If passed, Illinois would be the seventh state to protect our children ...

Oneida council considers city going smoke-free
Galva News - April 9, 2014

Oneida city parks or the entire city could be designated smoke-free, Ginny Prickett, public health coordinator for the Knox County Health Department, told the ...

Downers Grove high schools may change policy for e-cigarettes
Chicago Tribune - April 8, 2014

Downers Grove's high school district soon may adjust school policies to include rules on electronic cigarettes. Community High School District 99 does not ...

Legislation to further restrict smoking on college campuses
Vidette Online - April 7, 2014

New legislation has been passed in the House that will ban smoking on campuses of public universities in Illinois. The Smoke Free Campus Act provides that smoking be prohibited on all campuses of a state supported institution of higher education July 1, meaning all offices, dorms and outdoor areas. The Smoke Free Campus Act is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Terry Link of Waukegan and Democratic state Rep. Ann Williams of Chicago. The Act will now move to the Senate after it passed by a 67-44 vote by the House Wednesday. It was originally filed Feb. 15.

Lighter regulations on e-cigarettes desired
The Depaulia - April 6, 2014

USA Today reports that the Food and Drug Administration is considering labeling e-cigarettes as a tobacco product, which would make them adhere to the same policies as conventional cigarettes; including taxation on e-cigarettes. We have entire e-cig conferences dedicated to this. Sure we have competitors, but ultimately were all coming together for the same cause, Natasha said. Until one of the smaller shops gets big enough to fight directly against federal regulations, itll just be a local battle for now.

Smokers Using E-Cigarettes to Break Habit
WICS-TV - April 5, 2014

A bill is also moving through the statehouse restricting e-cigarette displays, but those who take part in vaping argue, e-cigarettes helped them quit and they're ...

Campus sees effects of new gun law
The Chicago Maroon - April 4, 2014

The law still bans the carrying of firearms on university campuses and ... of the new signs, administrators posted no-smoking signs next to the no-guns signs, ...

E-cigarette store plans to open in downtown Oak Park within 10 days
River Forest Leaves - April 4, 2014

Her electronic cigarettes are powered by a battery that charges a coil with resistance, Vasconcellos said. The coil warms as liquid is gradually delivered to the ...

Smoke-Free Campuses?
WNIJ and WNIU - April 3, 2014

Smoking indoors is already prohibited in most places in Illinois. This new ban would also cover outdoor areas of state-supported universities and community ...

District 158 to ban electronic cigarettes on campuses
Chicago Daily Herald - April 3, 2014

... have either banned or are considering banning the sale of electronic cigarettes ... Awrey said students are warned about the dangers of cigarette smoking in ..

Question of the day
The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) - April 3, 2014

... for possession of small amounts of marijuana in Illinois released the results of a ... prevent individuals from losing employment and housing opportunities.

York High School Student Caught Selling E-Cigarettes Through ...
Patch.com - April 2, 2014

The student "admitted to posting the ad on Facebook and admitted to having the electronic cigarettes. All items were placed into evidence and the (student) was .

College smoking ban approved in House
Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph - April 2, 2014

Illinois House endorsed a proposal Wednesday to snuff out smoking on public college campuses. The measure, approved on a 67-44 vote, is designed to make it tougher for students to smoke and to reduce other students' exposure to secondhand smoke.

Health 101: E-cigarettes fall between cracks with bans
Herald & Review - April 2, 2014

1, already bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. ... of Transportation updated its policy to clarify the ban on smoking in aircrafts included the new devices in 2013. However, the 2008 law banning smoking in all public places, including offices, ...

Bill Restricting E-Cigarette Displays Advances at Statehouse
WICS - April 2, 2014

The House unanimously approved a measure Tuesday requiring retailers to keep the e-cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products in age-restricted ...

Housing nonprofits promote tenants' services
Daily Northwestern - April 2, 2014

An Evanston Health Department representative spoke about city housing inspections and smoking regulations. Clean air ordinances prevent tenants from smoking in common areas in an apartment building but do not address smoking in individual units, even when it affects neighbor tenants, she said.

Illinois House OKs new rules for e-cigarette sales
The State Journal-Register - April 1, 2014

The Illinois House on Tuesday passed legislation requiring retailers to sell electronic cigarettes behind store counters. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, sponsored House Bill 5868, and said keeping e-cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products behind store counters, ...

Lake County Housing Authority Opens Waiting List for Public Housing
Chicago Tribune - March 31, 2014

The properties available are all non-smoking and include duplexes, single family homes and townhomes, all with various floor plans available for those needing ...

E-Cig Safety
Alton Daily News - March 31, 2014

... stage in the Illinois House. One would require retailers to put the e-cigarettes and other forms of nicotine behind the counter, as tobacco products are now.

Smoking down in Illinois, but not evenly
Champaign/Urbana News - March 28, 2014

CHAMPAIGN — Smoking has declined in Illinois, but not all counties are seeing ... Remmert said his department enforces smoking bans in bars as resources ...

Lake County ranks 13th among state's healthier counties
Mundelein Review - March 28, 2014

With regard to adult smoking, Lake County is doing better than the national ... a smoke-free playground ordinance at nine forest preserve locations last year.

2014 Ballpark Recommendations & Policies
Chicago White Sox - March 27, 2014

In accordance with the law, smoking (including electronic cigarettes) is prohibited in all areas of U.S. Cellular Field. There is a designated smoking area outside ...

E-cigarette store planned for Oak Park
Chicago Tribune - March 27, 2014

Vasconcellos said she started opening the stores after e-cigarettes helped her stop smoking tobacco in 2009. She said the endeavor isn't about the money.

D-158 looks to punish students caught with e-cigarettes
Northwest Herald - March 26, 2014

Students smoking and possessing tobacco is already banned as well," Drzal said. ... District officials also were motivated to ban e-cigarettes in the hallways, ...

Lawmakers Want Regulations on Electronic Cigarettes
MyStateline.com - March 25, 2014

The Vapor Shops owner Todd Kundert says the people being poisoned are smokers making home made e-cigs. Kundert says anybody can go right now and buy pure nicotine. They can buy the base liquids and mix it themselves. But if you dont know the formulas, if you havent researched it and havent studied it and its very likely you can overdose yourself. But you can do that with anything.

Orland Park considering e-cigarette restrictions
Chicago Tribune - March 25, 2014

Orland Park officials are considering restricting use of electronic cigarettes, citing growing interest from vendors eager to sell the devices in local malls. "This needs to go in our no smoking ordinance. They're preying on our young population, and it's just another incentive to smoke, especially if they're in kiosks in malls," Trustee Kathleen Fenton said at a Development Services, Planning and Engineering committee meeting last week.

Ask the Times: Smoking areas
MyWebTimes.com - March 20, 2014

However, some municipal laws may require employers to restrict smoking in some areas. Also, an employer may not discriminate against someone who smokes, ...

Daily Illini Editorial Board's University report card
Daily Illini - March 20, 2014

Since becoming a smoke-free campus at the beginning of the year, the University has failed to create a clear plan to deal with the smoking ban. The University ...

Village panel tackles Old Orland parking crunch
Regional News - March 20, 2014

Committee members also discussed possibly adding electronic cigarette use to the village's 'no smoking” ordinance. Fenton and Gira appeared to favor the ...

Quincy landlords push for smoke-free complexes
WGEM - March 19, 2014

A handful of apartment complexes in Quincy are going smoke-free to fight back ... Illinois are helping landlords amend leases in an effort to ban smoking in all ...

Can Chicago Curb Menthol Smoking among African-American Youth?
Scientific American - March 19, 2014

In contrast only one third of white adolescent smokers preferred menthol cigarettes to other kinds. The report concluded that “cigarettes continu[e] to be a public ...

Brazen' use of e-cigs at District 156 leads to new ordinance
Northwest Herald - March 19, 2014

McHENRY Kids caught with e-cigarettes in McHenry will now face a fine. The ordinance, which was unanimously approved by the McHenry City Council Monday evening, was put together after a request from District 156, Police Chief John Jones said. The number of incidents involving electronic cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products has grown to a "pretty fair share" of school policy violations and some of the cases are "more brazen in their nature," McHenry West High School Assistant Principal Carl Valliantos said. Because e-cigarettes are odorless and the vapor dissipates quickly, some students have taken to vaporizing in public, even during class, he said. The nature of e-cigarettes raises another significant concern for administrators, Valliantos said. Some schools have seen the devices filled with chemicals other that just nicotine. ...

Temp. ordinances set for night clubs, e-cigs
Northern Star Online - March 18, 2014

After a unanimous vote for the first reading and waiving the second reading, DeKalb aldermen passed a temporary ordinance for e-cigarettes and teen night clubs that may come to the city. During the March 10 City Council meeting, an ordinance was approved that will be in place for 180 days for potential electronic retailers or teen nightclubs. This will give city officials time to create permanent laws and licensing agenda for the businesses. For now, the ordinance says applicants for businesses such as e-cigarettes retailers or teen night clubs will have to undergo background checks and licensing procedures that resemble the liquor license procedure. ...

Public health officials want smoke-free apartments
Fort Mills Times - March 18, 2014

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District officials said that making apartments smoke free would improve the health of residents who can be exposed to ...

Officials press case for smoke-free apartments
Insurance News Net (press release) - March 18, 2014

Your home is your castle, and that includes the air you breathe. But what if your home is an apartment and your neighbor smokes? Local public health officials say nonsmoking apartment tenants who share buildings with smokers are being subjected to second-hand smoke dangers, and they're asking all Champaign County landlords to voluntarily make their apartment buildings smoke-free. "It's a nationwide movement. Housing is moving to smoke-free," said Tara McCauley, a special projects coordinator for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Bolingbrook Trustees: Tobacco Laws Apply to E-Cigarettes, Too
Patch.com - March 17, 2014

If you want to sell electronic cigarettes in the Village of Bolingbrook, you have the follow the same rules as tobacco products. Last week, village trustees voted to classify e-cigarettes in the same way as tobacco products, meaning the same licensing and sales regulations must be followed by retailers. Many cites, including Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. have all passed laws restricting the use of e-cigarettes in public places.

E-cigarette maker Johnson Creek partners with Illinois distributor
Milwaukee Business Journal - March 17, 2014

Johnson Creek was the first company in the United States to make and produce Smoke Juice for electronic cigarettes. "Republic Tobacco has been carefully ...

Hanover Park to vote on electronic cigarette regulations
Chicago Daily Herald - March 14, 2014

Hanover Park is poised to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone younger than ... The industry argues they are a safer alternative to tobacco products. ... “The advertising is trying to appeal to a younger generation who are invulnerable ...

University should aim to reduce, not restrict, smoking
Daily Illini - March 13, 2014

...We are a few months into the new, campus-wide smoking ban that took effect on ... I am not saying that we divert our attention away from banning smoking and ...

Outdoor areas approved Bolingbrook bar and grill
Chicago Tribune - March 13, 2014

...The board Tuesday also voted to classify electronic cigarettes in the same way as tobacco products, subjecting the e-cigarettes to the licensing, sales and other ...

ISBA Illinois Law Now
Lincoln Trail Publishing - March 13, 2014

Answer: Illinois laws do not address employer policies on smoking in the ... However, some municipal laws may require employers to restrict smoking in some ...

DeKalb City Council sets temporary rules on e-cigs, teen clubs
Dekalb Daily Chronicle - March 11, 2014

DeKALB Electronic cigarette retailers and teen nightclub operators looking to move into the city of DeKalb will have to work within the limits of a temporary law. During their meeting Monday night, DeKalb aldermen approved an ordinance that will be in effect for 180 days, giving city officials time to draft permanent laws and licensing procedures to handle the businesses. After unanimously voting in favor of the first reading and waiving the second reading, aldermen unanimously approved the ordinance. ...

E-cigarettes also are banned on CTA property
ChicagoNow (blog) - March 11, 2014

In case you were wondering, e-cigarettes are banned on CTA buses, trains and other properties.
A CTA spokesperson confirmed this for me after an inquiry from Tattler reader John. He said he confronted a person smoking an e-cigarette on a bus: ...

DeKalb council to consider e-cigarettes, teen nightclubs
Dekalb Daily Chronicle - March 10, 2014

City of DeKalb aldermen will consider establishing a temporary law to deal with electronic cigarette retailers and teen nightclubs during their meeting Monday night. The city has a tobacco ordinance, but it doesnt have one to deal with electronic cigarettes, a battery-powered device that simulates tobacco smoking. The temporary ordinance deals with stores where e-cigarettes account for at least 20 percent of sales revenue or volume. City Attorney Dean Frieders said none of the retailers in the city of DeKalb who sell e-cigarettes fall anywhere near the 20 percent threshold, but city leaders want to have an ordinance in place in the event an e-cigarette shop decides to open in DeKalb.

No smoking, anywhere
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 ...

Driving 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 Senate Thursday.

Bill 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.

Bill 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.

Ban 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 ...

Look 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

New 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 ...

Smoking 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 ...

Lawmakers 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 the ...

NIU 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 ...

PHA 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.

Southern 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, ...

SIU 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 ...

SIU 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.

City 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.

Our 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.

Cook 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

Students 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.

Illinois 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.

Smoking 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 ...

Lincolnwood 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, ...

Medical 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 ...

Illinois 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 ...

Smoke-free 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.

Cook 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.

Commissioner 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 cigarettes.

Lawmaker 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, ...

How 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 ...

Committee 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.

Some 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 ...

Southern 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.

Ill. 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 ...

SIUE 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.

New 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?

Cook 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 ...

Cook 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 ...

Huntley 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 ...

Don't 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.

Progress 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.

SGA 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.

Mount 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.

CVS 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...

Jim 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 ...

Illinois 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 ...

STATE 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 ...

Huntley 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 ...

UIUC 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 ...

PHA 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.

Barrington 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.

Smoking going electronic
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 ...

Austin 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.

Electronic 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.

E-Cig 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.

Proposed 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, enclosed ...

Senators 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...

Illinois' 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 ...

E-cig 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.

Freeport-area 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.

Extinguishing 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

Clarence 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.

Lawmaker 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 ...

Rockford 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 ...

Illinois 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.

Smoking 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 ...

University 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 ...

Vernon 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. ...

Smoke 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....

E-Cigarette 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 nicotine

Charleston 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 ...

City 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 ...

Government 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 ...

Voice 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 ...

Chicago 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 ...

City 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 ...

Opinion: 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 ...

Opinion: 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 ...

The 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 ...

Chicago 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 ...

Pharmacists 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 ...

Chicago 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 buildings. ...

Ignoring science
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 ...

City 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.”.

Electronic 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....

Editorial: 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. ...

What 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 property. ...

New 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. ...

The 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. ...

Hennepin 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 ...

Big 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.

Need 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.

Mt. 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.

U 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.

No-smoking 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.

Smoking 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

Morton 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.

University 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 outdoors.

Stalled 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.

Chicago 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 ...

Chicago 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, however.

Do 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.

EDITORIAL: 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 ...

Vernon 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 some cases.

SIUE 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.

LifeLinks 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 ...

Chicago 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 young adults.

E-cigarettes 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' Rights Foundation.

Evanston joins more than 100 cities, counties banning e-cigarettes in public spaces
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.

Council 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.

Guess 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.

Mundelein 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 18.

Oak 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 ...

Southern 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 cigarettes ...

Aldermen 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 ...

Smoking 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 ...

Mundelein 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.

E-cigarettes 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.

Op-Ed 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, ...

Celebrate 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.

City 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.

Hike 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 Tobacco-Free Kids.

Evanston 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.

2014 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.

DePaul 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.

Few 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, ...

Two 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.

E-cigarettes 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 ...

Southern 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 ...

Mayor 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 ...

Franklin 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 ...

Despite 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 ...

Evanston 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 ...

Proposed 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.

Despite 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, ...

Rules 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.

Store 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 Monday ...

Franklin 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. ...

Rules 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.

Housing 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.

Few 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.

Morton 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 ...

Parents 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.

Electronic 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 ...

Emanuel 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. ...

Proposed 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. Chicago’s cigarette tax has been frozen at 68 ...

Affordable 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 ...

Carbondale's "Castle Park" going smoke free
WPSD Local 6 - October 18, 2013

Local 6 Search · Gridiron Glory. Carbondale's "Castle Park" going smoke free. Tools. Email this article. Tweet · Print this article; Share. Share! X; Delicious · Digg.

Is 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 ...

Castle 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 ...

Proposed 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.

Castle 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 ...

'Vapers' 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, ...

Wonder 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 ...

Students 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.

Smoking 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.

Macomb 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.

University 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.

Council 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.

Macomb 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.

E-cigarette 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 ...

Regulate E-cigarettes?
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.

'Smoke 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 aldermen.

Editorial: 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 ...

Mayor 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. Urban ...

Electronic 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 ...

Smoking 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.

Coalition 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.

Regulations 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.

SG 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 ...

Voice 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 ...

University 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.

Illinois 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 into affect.

Aldermen 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.

Board 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 in 2008.

Lake 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 ...

Res. 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 Biarnesen.

Lake 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 ...

SG 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.

Smoking 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 ...

Stamping out smoking!
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....

Ina 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


Tossing 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.

SG 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 ...

Lincoln 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 see through.

No 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 ...

Illinois 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 tobacco products.

Smoking 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.

Council 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 ...

Abingdon 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 ...

Smoking 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.

Mayor 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 in Chicago.

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SourceWatch (Center for Media & Democracy) - July 22, 2013

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No 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 to smoke.

No 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 ...

E-cigarettes 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.

Change 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 housing.

Smoking 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 ...

Trustees 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 ...

Smoking 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 ...

Trustees 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, ...

Chicago Smokes—Four 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.

Legislation 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.

Bill 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 ...

Illinois 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

Senate 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 cessation.

ISU 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 ...

Smokers 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.

Students 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 ...

Policy 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 smoking.

Our 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.

Speak 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 ...

Smoked 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 ...

College 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 ...

UIS 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.

Illinois 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. ...

Knox 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 $700. ...

Senate 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 ...

Smoking 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.

This 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.

Campus 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.

College 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.

Smoke-free 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.

Senate 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. ...

Campus 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. …

Statewide 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. …

Legislation 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 ...

Alderman 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 Sun-Times reported.

Eastern 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 December 2013.

Board 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.

Bill 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 battery-operated ...

Local 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 Department.

UIC 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.

Heartland 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 ...

Smoque 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. …

Illinois 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 in November.

Smoking bans, union contracts, veterans and health
The Southern - March 22, 2013

Thumbs down … 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 state’s extraordinary debt and stop wasting time and resources in a doomed-from-the-start efforts at playing nanny to all. We’ve 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. …

Local 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.

Bill 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 ...

SIU 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. …

Smoking 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. …

Illinois 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 ...

Proposed 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 ...

Committee 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 ...

No 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. …

Three 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. … "This 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." …

Alderman 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.

Streator 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 ...

Parkland 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 faculty themselves.

Health 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 ...

Board 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.

Secondhand 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.

Deadbeat 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 ...

Favors smoke-free casinos
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.

Tobacco-free 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. …

Smoking 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. …

Condo 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 ...

Five 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 places. …

Casino 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 ...

Housing 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 ...

Smoking 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 ...

County Cigarette Tax Hike Big Boon To Lobbyists
Chicagoist - January 31, 2013

A report released Wednesday by Cook County Clerk David Orr’s 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. …

County cigarette tax hike brought big bucks to lobbyists
Chicago Sun-Times – January 30, 2013

Big tobacco came knocking on Cook County government’s 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 Orr’s office, which compiles a public list of lobbying activity. …

Housing 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 living conditions. …

Five years after smoking banned indoors, rules regarding smoking outside still murky
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 …

Five 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 ...

SIU 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 ...

Celebrating 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 ...

Letter: 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 ...

Five 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.

University bans smoking on Quad, other parts of campus
Illinois State University Stories - January 17, 2013

Smoking is no longer welcome on Illinois State University’s 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. …

Quinn 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, Harrah’s, 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 they’re 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 we’ve lost an additional 18 or 19 percent on top of that since then just because of the economy,” Swoik added. …

Poll: 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?

Rivers 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 ...

Smoking 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 ...

LETTER: 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 ...

Smoke 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 ...

Smoking 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 ...

La 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 ...

Protect 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 ...

Officials: 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. …

Smoking 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 ...

Editorial: 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 it’s a good ...

Law 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. It’s 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. …

Western Springs adapting to smoke-free Illinois
The Doings Western Springs-by Viki Gonia - January 3, 2013

It’s 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. …

Five years later, 'people used to' smoke-free bars
Lake County News-Sun - January 2, 2013

It’s 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 bill’s chief sponsor, state Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan, said supporting the bill “was the right thing to do.” ….

Up in smoke
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 complaints. ...

Smoke-free Illinois
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....

Boone 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. ...

Illinois 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 affected. …

Declaring a smoke-free campus is just the first step in improving ...
Daily Illini - December 17, 2012

So. We’ve finally joined the ranks of some other Big Ten schools. I’m 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 year. …

No-smoking 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 ...

Rivers 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 state’s 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 took effect. …

Stateline 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. …

EDITORIAL: 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. ...

'That 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 years. …

Metropolis 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. …

Coalition 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 Thursday.

University 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 ...

IBRAHIM: 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 person’s more fundamental right to good health. The smoking ban is a stride toward necessary change for the University. …

Public 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. …

After 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. …

UI's 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 ...

Rockford 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 street festival. …

375th 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 campus. …

LETTER: SWEDA: Letter about tobacco lawsuit didn't mention anti-racketeering ruling
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. …

It's official: College of DuPage's campus tobacco free
The Doings Hinsdale - August 16, 2012

Effective August . 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, and ...

Panel 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 outdoor ...

ECC 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 ...

It's 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 ...

Whiteside 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. …

Kicking 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. …

Waukegan 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. …

Casino 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. … Comment: Bronson 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. …

Village 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. …

House 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. …

Watseka eyes tobacco-free buildings, vehicles ($$)
Iroquois County Times-Republic - May 17, 2012

The Watseka City Council will pursue an anti-tobacco policy for vehicles and buildings.
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. …

Reduce smoking
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 2012.

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."

Park 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 ...

Wauconda's 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, ...

Talk 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 same.

COD campus to be tobacco-free starting August . 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 ...

Gurnee 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, ...

Springfield 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. … That's what 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 Jen ...

Enforcement of Smoke-Free Act changed
Galesburg Register-Mail - April 12, 2012

During Thursday’s 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. … Jarvis concluded the city's decision to pass an ordinance in 2010 that mirrored the ... Jarvis said that when cities started passing look-alike ordinances, ...

College 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 August . 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 …

Chicago 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. …

Start 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 ...

Gurnee 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. …

Business 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, ...

Peoria 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 ...

College 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 ...

Bill 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, ...

COD 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, ...

Our 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 ...

Poll: Smoking in casinos
Joliet (IL) Herald-News, March 8, 2012

Should the state of Illinois allow smoking at casinos to help attract more gamblers? …

Oak 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 of cigarettes. …

COD 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 college’s board this spring. …

Commentary: 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?...

Attempt 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 indoors.

Local 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 the ...

Legislation 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 ...

Loosen 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, the Americans 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. ...

Chicago lawmaker proposes local, licensed exceptions for smoking ban
By BRIANNA EHLEY - Lee News Service Writer | Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012

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 2008

Referendum 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. ...

No 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 city’s most vulnerable residents …

Westville 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 night, ...

Word 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 ...

St. Charles tobacco shop can keep indoor lounge
Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, 2011-09-12
Harry Hitzeman

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. ...

Herrin 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. ...

A dirty habit
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 ...

Casinos 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 ...

Des 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. …

Our 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. ...

Smoking 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. ...

Downtown 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. ...

New 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 ...

Study 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 ...

Orland 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 …

Village 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 electronically, ...

Our 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 ...

Some 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 ...

EDITORIAL: 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. ...

EDITORIAL: 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. ...

Editorial: 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 ...

EDITORIAL: 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. ...

Rolling back state smoking ban would be a first in U.S.
McDonough Voice, April 1, 2011

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois House’s vote last week to exempt casinos from the 2008 Smoke Free Illinois Act could lead to a first in the nation’s history – the first time a state has weakened a statewide smoking ban. …

... 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 don’t want to give them up,” said Annie Tegen, senior program manager for the group. ...

Letters: 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! ...

LETTER: 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. ...

Put 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 ...

House approves smoking in Illinois casinos
Quad-City (IA) Times, 2011-03-30

After a three-year absence, smoking could return to Illinois casinos. ...

Casino 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. ...

Anti-smoking 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. ...

House 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 ...

Got a ‘smoking license’?
KMOX.com - March 18, 2011

Dan Burke’s 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 ...

Cullerton 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 ...

Illinois 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. ...

Should 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 ...

Skokie 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 ...

Legislation 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 ...

Fight 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 ...

Picking Sides on Illinois' Smoking Debate
New proposals draw a line in the side
NBC Chicago, 2011-03-10
LISA BALDE

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. ...

BOWMAN: Why Illinois Shouldn't Lift the Smoking Ban
NBC Chicago, 2011-03-10
Ben Bowman

The Illinois House just opened the door for smoking to return to some bars and casinos...

EDITORIAL: Modify Illinois business smoking ban
Champaign (IL) News-Gazette, 2011-03-10

Business owners are pushing for the right to allow smoking in their establishments. ...

Skokie 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 ...

Bills 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 ...

Illinois 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. ...

Bills 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 ...

Smoking 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 Skokie’s 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 ...

Region 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. ...

Tenants 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 reported Wednesday.

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 ...

Illinois 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, ...

Riverboat casino smoking has enough support, Chicago Dem says
WLS-TV ABC7 (Chicago, IL), 2010-11-30
Monica DeSantis

CHICAGO (WLS) - Chicago Democratic Rep. Andrew Thapedi is convinced he has the votes to pass legislation to allow gamblers to smoke on riverboat casinos.

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. ...

Bill 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 Illinois’s 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).

Burke’s 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 state’s nine riverboat casinos to set up segregated, enclosed smoking areas.

It’s now up to the representatives to call for a vote on their bills on the House floor. ...

Lawmakers 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." ...

Smoking 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 Associated Press.

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 it’s not on the FDA’s drawing board — could be one depicting a bill showing the healthcare costs that result from smoking, including illnesses from second-hand smoke.

When the Smoke-Free Illinois Act was signed in 2007 (taking effect in 2008), the governor’s 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 don’t deny that the smoking ban carries some costs. A recently released report from the General Assembly’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability said the state’s 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 lion’s share of the drop could be attributed to casinos and placed a big part of the blame on the smoking ban ...

Our 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 industry’s 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.

We’re not in the least surprised, therefore, that this fall’s 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 season’s 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? ...

Forum: 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 in jeopardy.

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. ...

Veto 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 January’s lame-duck session before a new General Assembly is sworn in could mean bills won’t be called for a vote until then.

“Sometimes when there’s a lot of expectations, things tend to fizzle out because maybe it’s 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 ...

LETTER: 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. ...

Illinois 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 gambling establishments.

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 ...

Smoking 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 warns.
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 ...

EDITORIAL: 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
RRSTAR.COM EDITORIAL

While the federal government requires ever more menacing warning labels for cigarettes, states like Illinois are gutting their tobacco prevention spending.

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. ...

Illinois 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 Assembly’s six-day veto session that begins next week.

In its annual report on Illinois gaming, the legislature’s bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability said that in the past fiscal year, the state’s 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 state’s 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. ...

Chicago 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 Ortiz.

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 ...

Aldermen 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 couldn’t 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 don’t contain as many harmful chemicals as cigarettes ...

First 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 city.

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.

Taylor 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 ...

Smoking 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 Hall. ...

Mayor Carl Hallers brought up an ordinance for a smoking ban for the village.

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 ...

1418 N. LAKE SHORE DRIVE­ILLINOIS' FIRST SMOKE- CONDOMINIUM
NHD Buzz (press release) - September 13, 2010

CHICAGO—Condominium 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 property’s common areas and individual residences.

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 Lozell ...

City 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 flavored tobacco.

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 (PPA) license.

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." ...

Kane 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 pets.

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. ...

Vote 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...

Kane 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. ...

Canton 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. ...

Council 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...

Officials 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...

Feds 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 Thursday.

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. ...

Kane 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 said. ...

Galesburg 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 law. ...

No 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 Monday’s 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 don’t then the health department can remove their right to serve food in their establishment.”

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 aren’t 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.” ...

Hunter 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. ...

Survey 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 ...

Stricter 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. ....

Co. 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 state's books.
The motion was introduced by Insurance and Legislative committee chairman Jan Schumacher.

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." ...

Bridgeview Bans Smoking In All Businesses
Southwest News-Herald (Chicago, IL), 2010-01-29
NADA SHAMAH

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 smoking inside.

Under the new ordinance, it will also be illegal to open hookah lounges in the village. ...

Conway 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. ...

Illinois 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. ...

Teens 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 about." ...

Court dismisses Will County smoking charges
Suburban Chicago News, 2009-12-17
STEWART WARREN

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, was delighted.

"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.

Smoke-free 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. ...

Joliet smoking conviction reversed by higher court
Herald News (IL), Published: 12:01 AM Dec 9,2009
By STEWART WARREN swarren@scn1.com

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. …

Bars 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 fines.

"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 bars.

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 law-abiding." ...

Illinois 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, officials say.

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. ...

House 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. ...

Marion gets tough on businesses that allow smoking indoors
KFVS Channel 12 (Cape Girardeau, MO), 2009-10-21
Carly O'Keefe

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 said.
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." ...

EP gives smoking ban more bite
Amended liquor code lets police cite businesses for not reporting indoor smoking
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. ...

Worth 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 ...

No-smoking 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 and guests.

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 owned units.

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. ...

Haze 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. ...

No 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 it." ...

Some 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. ...

Village backs cigar lounge plan
Published: 12:00 AM August 28,2009
By JANET LUNDQUIST jlundquist@scn1.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...

Ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas mulled
Pioneer Press Newspapers (Waukegan, IL), 2009-08-24
LYNNE STIEFEL

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 week.

"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. ...

Village backs cigar lounge plan
Published: 04:00 AM August 21,2009
By JANET LUNDQUIST jlundquist@scn1.com

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. ...

Our 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 ...

Illinois 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. ...

No 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. ...

Casino 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

Abstract
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 $200 million.

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. ...

Smoking 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 off limits.

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. ...

Teens 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. ...

Health 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 ...

Effort 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 ...

Vilas 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 ...

Ill. 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.

Sullivan said opponents contend that federal law already addresses the religious exemption.

Illinois 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 took effect.

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.

New 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 ...

Senate rejects smoking exemption for casinos
Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, 2008-04-17

The 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.

Big Tobacco targets smoking ban, tax: With $83,000, lobby seeks exemptions
Chicago Tribune, 2008-02-13
Jeffrey Meitrodt and Ashley Wiehle

Tobacco companies 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' cigarette tax.

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."

Tax dollars not hurt by smoking ban
(IL) State Journal-Register, 2007-09-09
CHRIS 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.

Tax 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
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No 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.

But some aldermen and the mayor, sympathizing with business owners who say they’re 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.

Debating the Smoking Ban
State Journal-Register, November 21, 2006

An 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
State Journal-Register, 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.


Air 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.

On 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 city’s enclosed workplaces, including restaurants and bars.

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.

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