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
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 In 2006, preemption was fully repealed to allow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.
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.
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to investigate possible e-cigarette policy
site to become tobacco-free
could add e-cigarettes to city smoking ban
spark call for study, regulation
Mulls Passing Highest Cigarette Tax in Nation
Brook adopts e-cigarette ordinance
Ban Considered at UIS
restricts electronic cigarette sales
Aldermen: Emanuel's cigarette tax will expand black market
Details Impact of Chicago's Proposed Cigarette Tax increase
health chief defends Emanuel cigarette tax hike
city budget hinges on luxury tax
Illinois Jails Approve Electronic Cigarettes
Illinois jails allow e-cigarettes
jail trials, e-cigarettes unlikely to get blessing from DOC
bans electronic cigarette use in public spaces
owners oppose ban of electronic cigarettes
on electronic cigarettes still in formative stages
rules apply to electronic cigarettes
Musings: No video gambling, so how about e-cigarettes in ...
Cigarette Sales Banned For Minors
plans to boost city cigarette tax
"Castle Park" going smoke free
Park celebrates going smoke-free
ban on electronic cigarettes sparks emotional debate
Park to celebrate decision to go tobacco-free
Lake parks 'proud to be smoke free' after $10000 grant
split on ASG tobacco-free resolution
ban considered on campus
city council talks smoke-free park
prepares smoking cessation resources for students and ...
retailer coming to downtown Belleville
Support the Tobacco Coalition's resolve
cigarette use in Naperville still hazy
banned on Lake County Forest Preserves playgrounds
on electronic cigarettes still being formed
to reconsider tabled smoking ban recommendation
smoking ban in best interest of campus
asked to restrict electronic cigarettes
hall hookah use comes with restrictions
vote on smoking ban recommendation looming
lights up smoking debate
Bans Smoking in Parks
bronzing, no smoking
Bans Electronic Cigarettes for Minors
at summer festivals not totally off the menu
considers smoking ban in parks
OK At This Year's BG Days
Emanuel Takes Bold Steps to Protect Chicago's Kids from ...
total smoking ban for Buffalo Grove Days
an emerging alternative
in the air: Rental smoking bans
ban rejected for Buffalo Grove Days
address smoking concerns at BG Days
Banned at LITH Parks Starting This Summer
reject smoking ban for Buffalo Grove Days
SmokesFour Places to Legally Light Up
In 2008, Chicago imposed a smoking ban. On a recent visit, Cigar Aficionado found that there are more and more places providing outdoor areas that are allowing cigar smoking. They're finding it's good for business, but given Chicago's moody weather, enjoying a cigar can still be a seasonal adventure. Our intrepid reporter made the sacrifice and found four.
awaits Quinn's action
takes aim at secondhand smoke on campuses
Senate approves electronic cigarette ban for minors
smokers adapt to ban
A similar ban may be ahead for other Illinois schools. Earlier this
month, the Illinois Senate passed a ban on smoking at all state-supported
colleges and ...
adapting to ban at Ill. State University
School officials and some students say a ban on smoking in high traffic areas at Illinois State University is going smoothly so far. The Bloomington Pantagraph reports (http://bit.ly/18bXBFH) the smoking ban affects the campus quad and other areas. It was started by a student initiative.
have mixed feelings on proposed campus smoking ban
NORMAL Smokers at Illinois State University have adapted to a ban on ... But legislation approved by the Illinois House would ban smoking anywhere on the ...
change limits outdoor smoking areas
Officials at the University of Illinois Springfield are dragging their
feet on an opportunity to improve public health at a premiere educational
institution. As of April, at least 1,100 college and university campuses
across the country have adopted 100-percent smoke-free campus policies
that ban all indoor and outdoor smoking, including in residences, according
to Americans for Non-Smokers Rights, a California-based organization
that lobbies for nonsmokers rights.
out of the Days Inn
considering smoking ban; bill may require it
County Housing Considering Non-Smoking
time, campus smoking ban clears Illinois Senate
campus initiative postponed to January
fails to pass outdoors smoking ban at state universities and ...
smoke ban fails in Senate
A proposal that would ban people from smoking outdoors on all state-supported university and community college campuses fell five votes shy of the 30 need to pass the Illinois Senate Wednesday. Sponsoring Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan, used a parliamentary maneuver to keep the bill alive for a possible second vote in the future.
campus smoking ban fails
A proposal to ban on smoking on all state-supported universities and community colleges fell short in the Illinois Senate Wednesday.
could burn smokers on campus
Bill SB2202, or the Smoke-Free Campus Act, will ban smoking on all state-supported institutions of higher education beginning July 1, 2014 if the Senate passes ...
Proposes Raising Smoking Age to 21
included in smoke-free bill
bans smoking in public housing
banning e-cigs for minors clears Senate
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 ...
Initiative Pushes For Smoke-Free Parks
to go tobacco-free this summer
needs campus smoking ban
Electronic Cigarette Lounge Opens in Lakeview
considers sweeping smoking ban on public college campuses
examining smoke-free campus options
smoking ban on college campuses clears first hurdle
Smoking: New Ban for St. Clair County Public Housing Units ...
public housing units in St. Clair County to ban smoking July 1
Wants To Reduce Cigarette Taxes To Reduce Black Market
...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.
Department Set to Enforce Smoking Laws
crosses the line in deal with unit owners
smoke the subject of contest
Illinois: State budget crisis hampers tobacco prevention
bill still smoldering
Targeted in Multi-Unit Housing
boards can regulate tobacco smoke in common areas
years later, most businesses OK with smoking ban
GM meets with Elgin city manager to discuss video gaming
Authority to implement smoking ban
ban took time to work
Cigarette Tax Hike Big Boon To Lobbyists
authority approves smoke-free policy
years after indoor smoking ban, rules for outdoor smoking still ...
may go smoke free
five years smoke free
Smoke-Free Illinois Act has helped save lives
years of Smoke-Free Illinois making a difference
bans smoking on Quad, other parts of campus
will veto gaming bill
Rethinking casino smoking ban
Casino tops revenue list in Illinois
Free Illinois Law Marks Five Years
Grange adapting to smoke-free Illinois
Smoke-Free Illinois Act
Hysteria over limits on cigarettes goes up in smoke
a smoke-free campus is just the first step in improving ...
Casino Reverses Decline in Illinois' Gaming Income
Businesses Still Violating Indoor Smoking Ban
Thank you for not smoking in public housing
knocked us off our feet': Groups addressing St. Clair County's ...
Expects Less Income as Cape Casino Opens
smoking ban will benefit all students, faculty affected
Smoking ban a stride toward needed change for Illinois
voice absent in new campuswide smoking ban
voting, UI on board to eliminate smoking
aldermen OK new regulations for tobacco dealers
Medical Group Going Tobacco-Free on Property
SWEDA: Letter about tobacco lawsuit didn't mention anti-racketeering
official: College of DuPage's campus tobacco free
says state health department should clarify smoking ban
considering smoke-free campus
No one can smoke in the college's buildings due to the state's smoking ban. ... Within the past year, other area community colleges have banned smoking on ... after hearing the committee was formed, saying banning smoking throughout the ...
official: College of DuPage's campus tobacco free
...6, the campus of College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn is tobacco free. About 850 colleges and universities nationwide have tobacco-free policies, according to a ...
County Considers Outdoor Smoking Ban
the habit completely off campus
DANVILLE Oftentimes, Danville Area Community College student Dustin Tabor has an urge to light up a cigarette before a difficult class or exam. Today, at least 774 college and universities have enacted smoke- or tobacco-free policies, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Of those, 562 have tobacco-free policies (no forms of tobacco are allowed), while 212 are only smoke-free (smokeless forms of tobacco are allowed). The policies are in various phases of implementation. "Those are the ones we're aware of," Bronson Frick, the foundation's associate director, said of the schools on the list. He said higher education institutions aren't required to report their smoking policies, and his organization doesn't actively solicit the information.
Park District goes tobacco free
On June 13, the Waukegan Park District passed an ordinance making its
property tobacco free. The policy covers smoking, as well as smokeless
tobacco, which includes the many new smokeless tobacco products being
developed by the tobacco industry. Waukegan Park District golf courses
are exempt from the new rule at this time.
jobs deal good hand to some employees: longtime workers thankful for
break they received 20 years ago
Board Adopts New Way to Regulate Tobacco-Sales Licenses
The Frankfort Village Board approved a new procedure on how it licenses
retailers selling tobacco and tobacco-related products. Since March,
the village has had a moratorium on approving those licenses while it
re-examined its procedure.
committee endorses ban on flavored cigar wraps
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. ...
Karen Kinderman displays her pack of cigarettes while smoking outside
the ... the Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to increase the state cigarette
tax by $1 a pack.
eyes tobacco-free buildings, vehicles ($$)
The Watseka City Council will pursue an anti-tobacco policy for vehicles
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."
board creates no-smoking areas at playgrounds
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 ...
It's like Starbucks with cigarettes, said owner Chris Gazinski,
a McHenry native. ... Hookah smoking involves flavored tobacco with
a water pipe, ...
of the County
Congratulations to Gurnee Park District for passing a tobacco-free
ordinance. I only hope all the park districts in Lake County do the
campus to be tobacco-free starting Aug. 6
Park District adopts tobacco-free ordinance
The ordinance adds additional limitations to the current ordinance which prohibits smoking within buildings, facilities and vehicles owned, ...
Park Board likely to designate playgrounds as smoke ...
Visitors to Springfield Park District playgrounds could soon be seeing
signs designating the areas as smoke-free zones.
we're doing at this time instead of making it an ordinance. The
smoke-free zone idea was brought to the park board by Springfield resident
During Thursdays regular meeting of the Knox County Board of
Health, Samuel Jarvis presented information about how enforcement of
the Smoke-Free Illinois Act has changed in Galesburg.
concluded the city's decision to pass an ordinance in 2010 that mirrored
the ... Jarvis said that when cities started passing look-alike ordinances,
of DuPage may out tobacco
Next month, the college may adopt the Tobacco-Free Campus policy that would take effect Aug. 6, following the same trend as several other campuses across the U.S. According to a January news release from the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, 648 campuses across the U.S. have gone smoke-free
targets kids in new anti-smoking campaign
March 22, 2012 (CHICAGO) -- Chicago health officials say a new public
awareness campaign is aimed at stopping the sale of cigarettes to children.
winning at Chicagoland's newest gaming destination
Find all of your favorites and so much more on the entirely non-smoking
43000-square-foot gaming floor. "We are providing customers with
the ultimate gaming ...
parks might go smoke- or tobacco-free
More and more suburban park districts are taking a position against
tobacco use on ball fields, playgrounds or other outdoor properties.
By Anonymous Almost a dozen local businesses were issued citations
last week for failing to comply with the Smoke Free Illinois Act. According
to police, ...
police conduct smoking ban checks at bars
The City Council introduced a city smoking ordinance in 2010 because
officials were having problems enforcing the Smoke Free Illinois Act,
which went into ...
Of DuPage Considers Campuswide Smoking Ban
Nonsmokers complain that smokers routinely violate a rule that restricts them from lighting up less than 25 feet of entrances particularly during the cold ...
introduced addressing smoking in condominium units
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?
looks to crack down on smoking
Carlin said there was also a financial incentive to ban smoking. ... Some have suggested that smoking be banned not only outside the buildings, ...
Opinion: New rules for young offenders worth a try
By Anonymous According to Springfield's municipal code, possession
of tobacco by a minor carries a $300 fine. Possession of alcohol by
someone under 21 is ...
Smoking in casinos
Park eyes crackdown on teen drinking, smoking, drug use
Currently, those who are not visibly intoxicated or in possession of
alcohol aren't ... also targets teens seen smoking or in possession
Smokers who go to school or teach on College of DuPage campuses will
have to get their tobacco fix before heading to class if a smoke-free
proposal is approved by the colleges board this spring.
For a fee, smoking
What happened to the state's overriding concern about the health
of people inhaling second-hand smoke, which was the justification for
the smoke free act?...
to rollback smoking ban introduced in Illinois House
Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, would allow communities to issue
permits to bars, casinos and a few other establishments to allow smoking
legislators oppose state smoking ban exemption
Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, introduced legislation that would
amend the Smoke-Free Illinois Act. The legislation would allow municipalities
looks to lift smoking bans
Ill. smoking ban restrictions?
An Illinois lawmaker is proposing legislation that would loosen the
state's smoking ban restrictions in bars and casinos.
As of 2012,
for Nonsmokers' Rights reports that 39 states and the District of
Columbia have local laws in effect that require non-hospitality workplaces,
restaurants or bars to be 100 percent smoke free. ...
lawmaker proposes local, licensed exceptions for smoking ban
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
proposes smoke-free campus
smoking in nursing homes
holds off on smoking ban
on the Street: Smoking scofflaws have a rural character
Charles tobacco shop can keep indoor lounge
In the last week, cigars at the indoor cigar smoking lounge at the
Bear & Bull tobacco shop in St. Charles have probably been lit for
a taste test as well as a triumph. ...
Club Fights for Smoking Ban Enforcement
don't need smoking
Plaines casino opens to jam-packed crowds
She fought traffic. She even found a place to park. But what really
pained 70-year-old Gail Haarmans was that she had to wait to find a
place to sit and play the slots with her husband.
Opinion: Smoking ban is not what ails casinos
So in the interest of getting ahead of the inevitable next round of
attacks on the state's indoor smoking ban from the Illinois casino crowd,
we call to your attention a study published online this month in the
journal Tobacco Control. ...
ban didn't hurt Illinois casinos, study says
Smokers Beware: Palatine To Begin Ticketing
Lenox Expands State Smoking Ban
smokes out why casinos see fewer people
makes it lawful to smoke in tobacco stores
considers easing smoking ban for some buildings
Opinion: Don't allow smoking in casinos
The latest and most egregious example came March 29, when the Illinois
House voted 62-52 for a bill that would exempt casinos from the smoking
ban. We're putting our boats, our casinos at a competitive disadvantage.
It's not fair they have been good ...
in Galesburg anticipate smoking ban rollback
Our View: Make smoking ban reversal for riverboats temporary
We're no fans of smoking -- or gambling -- but there's a lot of revenue at stake for a state that is nearly broke. Illinois casinos are heavily taxed, as are smokers. The two vices account for a lot of tax dollars. ...
Don't exempt casinos from smoking ban
Changing state law to allow smoking in riverboat casinos would be a
step backward a step that would put revenue above public health
and open the door to more exceptions to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act.
Keep riverboats smoke-free
Illinois smoking ban under attack
The 2007 law is under attack: On Tuesday, the Illinois House passed
a bill to allow smoking in Illinois casinos. ...
back state smoking ban would be a first in U.S.
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Houses vote last week to exempt casinos from the 2008 Smoke Free Illinois Act could lead to a first in the nations history the first time a state has weakened a statewide smoking 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 dont want to give
them up, said Annie Tegen, senior program manager for the group.
Proposal to lift ban a fiasco
The sponsoring legislator behind this fiasco appears to have his own
agenda and is willing to compromise his ethics to get this bill passed.
(Could this have anything to do with the possibility of a new casino
coming to his city?) Now the politicians have rammed this legislation
through the House and on to the doorstep of the Senate. Will they walk
in lockstep and pass this appalling bill to exempt smoking in casinos?
Moreover, the disappointing decision by our own local representatives
helped pass this bill -- for shame! ...
Keep Illinois smoke free
Once again, Tom Swoik, the executive director for the Illinois Gaming
Casino Association, is jumping up and down claiming lost revenue for
the Grand Victoria Casino due to the smoking ban. Wake up, Tom. We are
in a recession. The smoking ban is not totally responsible for the lost
revenue the Illinois casinos are experiencing. ...
health before wealth
approves smoking in Illinois casinos
After a three-year absence, smoking could return to Illinois casinos. ...
Queen GM: Smoking ban exemption will help level the playing field
EAST ST. LOUIS -- The general manager at the Casino Queen said the Illinois House's vote to pass an exemption of the state's smoking ban will only help level the playing field for the metro-east casino. ...
groups rally against Ill. House bills
Anti-smoking groups are ramping up efforts to kill three Illinois House
bills that would diminish the state's smoking ban. ...
panel seeks end to casino smoking
a smoking license?
Seeks to End Video Gambling in Illinois
Legislature eyes cigarette tax, smoking ban exemption
Smoking Ban Be Lifted in Bars to Increase State Taxes?
Village Board notes Briefs
Would Exempt Casinos and Bars From Smoking Ban
to Lift Smoking Ban in Casinos, Bars Ignites in Springfield
Sides on Illinois' Smoking Debate
On Wednesday, the question resurfaced when a House committee approved proposals that would tweak the current ban signed into law by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. ...
Why Illinois Shouldn't Lift the Smoking Ban
The Illinois House just opened the door for smoking to return to some
bars and casinos...
tweaks smoking ban, but Cigar King still steamed
The world of smokers got a little smaller this week after Skokie officials voted to close a loophole in the village's seven-year-old smoking ban that had ...
to loosen smoking restrictions to be considered by Illinois House
Casino Workers May Soon Be Exposed To Secondhand Smoke
Illinois lawmakers played the charade for a while that all indoor workers in the state should be protected by a smoking ban. Now, however, lawmakers are starting to change their tune, recommending that casino workers be put back at risk for the dangers of secondhand smoke. ...
to ease smoking restrictions under consideration
A couple of bills in the General Assembly would ease restrictions on smoking in public places.
A news release from International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers
Association, a lobbying group for the tobacco industry, indicated two
bills would allow smoking in gambling businesses and some places with
liquor licenses ...
ban's impact on store owners debated
Jordan Hirsh, owner of The Cigar King tobacco store in Skokie, wants village lawmakers to butt out of his business.
The village is considering an ordinance that would close a loophole in Skokies seven-year-old smoking ban that allows people to light up in retail tobacco stores, such as the Cigar King.
The Skokie businessman said the change could rob him of his retirement.
The new ordinance would outlaw smoking in retail tobacco stories. But
the Cigar King and the Kush Hookah Lounge smoking bar in the 3300 block
of Dempster Street would both be grandfathered meaning
they could remain open and allow smoking ...
casino owners watch Illinois plan wither
Northwest Indiana casino owners are keeping a watchful eye on the failed -- for now -- Illinois gaming expansion.
Larry J. Buck, senior vice president and general manager of Majestic
Star Casinos & Hotel, said the size of the gaming expansion in the
bill, five new casinos and up to 28,000 slots at racetracks, worked
against the measure. ...
told to stop smoking or move
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 ...
looks to squeeze more revenue from gambling
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -The Illinois Legislature is kicking off 2011 with a renewed push for slot machines at horse racetracks, prompting a warning from the president of the Casino Queen at East St. Louis that such a move would further harm an already wounded casino industry.
Lawmakers returned to Springfield on Monday, with plans to meet all week in a final "lame duck" session of the 96th General Assembly held over from last year. The new 97th General Assembly will be sworn in Jan. 12, with both chambers still under Democratic control ...
... But Casino Queen President Timothy Rand told the House Executive
Committee Monday that his business is already reeling from the smoking
ban, which, he says, ...
casino smoking has enough support, Chicago Dem says
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. ...
would allow smoking rooms in casinos
Supporters of a pair of competing bills to lift the ban on smoking in Illinoiss riverboat casinos and other gaming facilities say it could fill state coffers and make smokers happy.
The reason for it is money, money, money, said state Rep. Daniel Burke (D-Chicago).
Burkes bill (HB1846) would allow smoking in gaming facilities as long as smoking is not banned in gaming facilities located in the nearest neighboring state.
The Executive Committee approved a similar measure (HB1850) Monday from Rep. Andre Thapedi (D-Chicago) that would permit the states nine riverboat casinos to set up segregated, enclosed smoking areas.
Its now up to the representatives to call for a vote on their bills on the House floor. ...
Pitch New Casino Smoking Change
If Illinois lawmakers don't roll-back the state's smoking ban for casinos, they may just allow the riverboats to build special smoking sections.
A second proposal to scale back Illinois' statewide smoking ban cleared its first statehouse hurdle on Monday. The legislation from State Rep. Andre Thapdei, D-Chicago, would allow Illinois' nine casinos to build designated smoking rooms, complete with ventilation systems, for gamblers who want to light-up while they play.
Thapedi said after two years it is clear that gamblers who used to lay-down bets in Illinois are crossing the border to gamble and smoke.
"The Federal Reserve bank's researchers [have] opined that Illinois
loses approximately $200 million in revenue by barring smokers from
smoking in Illinois casinos." ...
ban should remain for all casinos
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 its not on the FDAs drawing board could be one depicting a bill showing the healthcare costs that result from smoking, including illnesses from second-hand smoke.
When the Smoke-Free Illinois Act was signed in 2007 (taking effect in 2008), the governors office estimated that about $3.2 billion in medical expenses annually could be attributed to smoking in Illinois.
Such costs seem to be overlooked by those advocating modifications to the smoking ban to improve the bottom line of casinos.
We dont deny that the smoking ban carries some costs. A recently
released report from the General Assemblys Commission on Government
Forecasting and Accountability said the states share of gambling
revenue from horse racing, the lottery and riverboat casinos was just
over $1 billion in fiscal year 2010, a 4.5 percent drop from FY2009.
The commission said the lions share of the drop could be attributed
to casinos and placed a big part of the blame on the smoking ban ...
Opinion: No smoking exemption for casinos
In two months, Illinois will mark a pair of significant third anniversaries.
Jan. 1 will mark the third anniversary of the Smoke Free Illinois Act, the landmark public health law that banned smoking in virtually all indoor public places in Illinois.
It also will be the third anniversary of the Illinois gambling industrys effort to portray the ban as a business killer from which casinos should be exempt. While all other employees and business patrons in the state deserve protection from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, the casino industry believes its employees and customers do not.
Were not in the least surprised, therefore, that this falls veto session of the Illinois General Assembly brings with it yet another attempt by casinos to exempt themselves from the most important public health law in decades. This seasons effort comes in the form of House Bill 1846, which would exempt casinos if smoking is not banned in gaming facilities located in the nearest neighboring state. If the neighboring state bans indoor smoking, the exemption would end, according to the bill.
We wonder if anyone affiliated with this bill has taken a look at some of the casinos in our neighboring states and compared them to those in Illinois. Do they honestly believe that gamblers choose, to cite one nearby example, the sleek and palatial Lumiere Place in St. Louis over the Casino Queen in East St. Louis solely because smoking is allowed at Lumiere Place? ...
Don't support smoking ban exemption for casinos
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. ...
session: Second week could be frenzy or fizzle
During the first week of its fall veto session, the Illinois General Assembly passed none of the controversial measures that were talked about before the veto session. In each case, the sponsors still are trying to herd enough members together to pass their legislation.
Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, said the addition of days in Januarys lame-duck session before a new General Assembly is sworn in could mean bills wont be called for a vote until then.
Sometimes when theres a lot of expectations, things tend to fizzle out because maybe its trying to accomplish too much, too fast, she said. It has been a relatively quiet week.
Lawmakers return to Springfield the week of Nov. 29 for the final three days of the six-day veto session ...
Big mistake to allow smoking in state casinos
If Illinois begins to exempt some public places from the smoke-free law, where do we draw the line? . . .
Please ask your state representative to double down on
your health by voting no on House Bill 1846. It is time
for the casino industry to consider the health of its workers and patrons
and to fold its hand. Illinois casino workers and patrons are
best served if we keep our smoke-free law intact. ...
pondering returning smoking to casinos
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 ...
Could Return To Casinos In Illinois
Some parts of the state could have different laws to others, an expert
House Bill 1864 is to be discussed by law makers in the region, with some local figureheads calling for an abolishment of the rule.
Billy McDaniel, mayor of Metropolis, says he would like to see tobacco make a return to the poker tables, slot machines and roulette wheels ...
Our View: Illinois a slacker in anti-smoking effort
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. ...
gambling revenue plummets
SPRINGFIELD State revenue from gambling in the past fiscal year was the lowest in 10 years, the result of both the poor economy and Illinois indoor smoking ban, a new report said.
The report came as state lawmakers are preparing a bill that calls for a massive expansion of gaming, adding four new casinos and allowing slot machines at horse racing tracks. The bill is expected to be considered during the General Assemblys six-day veto session that begins next week.
In its annual report on Illinois gaming, the legislatures bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability said that in the past fiscal year, the states share of gambling revenue dropped to just over $1 billion, a 4.5 percent decrease from the previous year.
The report attributed the drop almost entirely to decreasing revenue from the states nine riverboat casinos. Revenue from the state lottery and horse racing the other forms of legal wagering in Illinois both were flat, the report said.
According to the COGFA analysis, the lousy economy and competition
from other states played a role in the dramatic turnaround
in riverboat receipts in the past three years. ...
Renters Willing to Pay More for Smoke-Free Housing
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 ...
delay vote on e-cigarette restrictions
Springfield aldermen Tuesday put off voting on a proposal that would have prohibited the sale of electronic cigarettes to those under the age of 18.
Ward 5 Ald. Sam Cahnman, who proposed the restriction, requested the item be sent back to committee because a supporter from the Sangamon County Medical Society couldnt attend the meeting.
Known as e-cigarettes, the products are similar in size
to a regular cigarette. When a smoker inhales, a battery-operated
atomizer releases nicotine, flavorings and liquid vapor. Manufacturers
say they dont contain as many harmful chemicals as cigarettes
in Print: Keeping e-cigs out of the hands of minors
...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.
Springs Passes Smoking Ordinance
The Taylor Springs Village Board became the first municipality in Montgomery County to pass a smoking regulation ordinance Tuesday evening. The vote followed information and discussion at the last two board meetings and passed on a 3-1 vote.
Voting in favor were Kim Micklevitz, Jim Washburn and Kevin Prickett. Ken Ondrey was the only no vote, while board members Elvin Saathoff and Ryan McCarty were not present.
The ordinance, No. 503, regulates smoking in the village, and is stricter
than Illinois state statutes regulating smoking. Village Attorney Barbarba
Adams drew up the new ordinance ...
Ban Discussed By Taylor Springs Board
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 ...
N. LAKE SHORE DRIVEILLINOIS' FIRST SMOKE- CONDOMINIUM
CHICAGOCondominium owners at 1418 N. Lake Shore Drive, a luxury 28-unit high-rise on the Gold Coast, have voted to become Illinois first smoke-free condo building by prohibiting cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other smoking in the propertys common areas and individual 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 ...
cracks down on hookah 'super-bars'
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." ...
County decides against enacting outdoor smoking ban
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. ...
on smoking ban near hospitals tabled
VALPARAISO -- The possibility of restricting smoking in public areas near hospitals hit a glitch Monday. The City Council tabled voting for the change in the city's smoking ordinance, which restricts smoking in public businesses, buildings a...
to review question on smoking ban
looks at local smoking ban
still haggling over smoking ban
see support for ban on smoking
to help CHA tenants kick habit
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. ...
could expand county's smoke-free zone
GENEVA -- The Kane County Human Services Committee briefly discussed a proposal Wednesday to expand the existing smoke-free rule for county buildings to include the entire campus. Concerns over smoke drifting into county buildings from nearby smokers in part prompted the proposal.
Some board members huffed and puffed over the extent of such a ban.
"We're not entirely blazing a new trail. It's just for discussion," said committee chairman Mark Davoust.
The county Health Department and Kane County Animal Control already
have campus-wide bans, and this would be a logical progression, Davoust
may target smoking ban
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.
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. ...
smoking ban gets teeth
The Stark County Board passed an update to their food ordinance during last Mondays regular meeting in order to help add some teeth to the no smoking ban passed in Illinois last year.
The State of Illinois passed a law, but gave no direction on how to enforce it, said Health Department representative Kurt Kuchle With this addition, the county can now make an even playing field of all businesses in Stark County.
The resolution allows the health department to rescind the food license to any establishment not enforcing the no smoking ban.
Restaurant and bar owners will have 10 days to request a hearing or 30 days to pay their fine after a citation has been issued. Said Kuchle, who enforces the ban in Stark County, If they dont then the health department can remove their right to serve food in their 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 arent arguing if the smoking ban is right or not,
said Kuchle, that argument has passed. It is the law of the land
now and we need to enforce it. ...
wants ban on E Cigarettes
Cigarettes containing no tobacco, but create a vapor similar to smoke, are on a state Sen. Mattie Hunter's, D-3rd Dist., ban list.
She is sponsoring legislation that will ban electronic or E-Cigarettes throughout the state. . . .
"Electronic cigarettes have not been approved by the (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and we don't know what is in them or if they are safe. Until these types of products are deemed certified or legal to sell by the FDA, they should be banned throughout Illinois," said Hunter, vice-chair of the state's Senate Public Health Committee. ...
of residents shows 80 percent pro-smoke ban
Smoking Ban in Chillicothe
CHILLICOTHE - The city of Chillicothe is cracking down on businesses
that are not complying with the state smoking ban. Beginning tomorrow,
Chillicothe will "tie" the state smoking ban to a bars liquor
license. If a pub or restaurant is not in compliance, the liquor commissioner
could take away their liquor license. ....
adopts smoke-ban measure
Lincoln, Ill. - The Logan County Board Tuesday adopted an ordinance
that mimics the "no smoking" laws that are already on the
Schumacher read a section of the amendment.
"All premises for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages shall be kept in clean and sanitary condition," said Schumacher. "And shall be kept in full compliance with the laws of the state of Illinois, including but not limited to the Smoke Free Illinois Act."
Another section of the new amendment read, "Smoking shall be prohibited within food service establishments the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Food service establishments found to be in violation of this act will be subject to suspension of their certificate to operate." ...
Bans Smoking In All Businesses
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. ...
dog park, smoking ban in the works
The Conway City Council could sign off on a long-awaited dog park and an ordinance prohibiting smoking at all city parks in coming weeks. ...
Smokers Can't Be Criminally Prosecuted
(CN) - Smokers can't be criminally prosecuted for violating the Smoke Free Illinois Act, an Illinois appeals court ruled.
Kathleen Kane got a ticket for smoking at Woody's Tavern in Will County, Ill. She was convicted and sentenced to six months of court supervision and had to pay a $231 fine.
She appealed the denial of her post-trial motion challenging the constitutionality of the Act and her prosecution in criminal courts.
Judge Daniel Schmidt of the Third District Court of Appeals agreed
with Kane and reversed her conviction. ...
push for smoke-free parks
WAUKEGAN -- 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." ...
dismisses Will County smoking charges
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.
police station plan may burn out
AURORA -- A plan to make the new police station on Indian Trail tobacco-free has hit some resistance from aldermen.
The proposal, suggested by the Police Department, would ban not only smoking but all forms of tobacco from the entire 25-acre campus, inside and out. The department expects to be operating out of the new $108 million station by Jan. 11.
The statewide smoking ban already prohibits smoking inside and within 15 feet of the new station. But the new ordinance would expand that to include every aspect of the campus, including the interiors of cars.
The recommendation for a complete smoking ban came from the Police
Department and is intended to make the new station more friendly to
the public, as well as the environment, according to Cmdr. Joe Groom.
smoking conviction reversed by higher court
say it's 'good business' to ignore smoking bans
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.
"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." ...
smoking ban: Some bars give smokers a sanctuary
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. ...
passes smoking-ban exemption
SPRINGFIELD Lawmakers decided Wednesday to carve out an exemption in the statewide smoking ban that allows the use of smoke during American Indians' indoor tribal religious ceremonies.
By overriding Gov. Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1685, the Illinois House of Representatives took the final step for the measure to become law without the governor's proposed revisions. The Senate voted to override his veto two weeks ago. ...
gets tough on businesses that allow smoking indoors
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 want to go where they can smoke and have a drink and socialize with their fiends," said Mankin. "We cannot offer that here because we follow the law and adhere to it. So we suffer for it." ...
gives smoking ban more bite
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.
That atmosphere caused East Peoria and other municipalities to attempt a third approach: citing bar owners and bartenders under catch-all provisions in local liquor codes. ...
waves goodbye to hookah bars
strategy: Apartment buildings start bans to draw new renters, keep peace
among existing ones
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. ...
lingers over 2008 smoking ban
Almost two years since the state's ban on indoor smoking in public places took effect, the haze surrounding the enforcement of the law appears to still be lingering.
Some aspects of the Smoke Free Illinois Act are now much more clear than at its inception. Enforcing agencies such as police departments and local public health departments now have citations specific to the ban that can be handed to violators.
And smokers or business owners who want to contest those allegations now know with certainty that they will do so in front of an administrative judge for the Illinois Department of Public Health, rather than a criminal judge at a county courthouse.
Those much-needed clarifications came thanks to an amendment to the state ban signed into law in early February during Gov. Pat Quinn's first bill signing after Rod Blagojevich's impeachment.
"It's an evolution, and over the last two years we've seen quite
a lot of progress," said Greg Chance, administrator of the Peoria
City/County Health Department. ...
smoking ban ordinance likely from Herrin city council
"I'd like to see it die down and cut friction," Branding Iron Saloon owner Jim Meredith said. "I'm just out to (care for) my place. If we get along that's all I want."
Meredith's words summed up discussion at a Thursday morning public safety and public improvement committee meeting in Herrin to decide whether or not the city should consider toughening the smoking ban.
After dialogue with citizens and a Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health representative, committee spokesman Robert Craig said bar owners would be responsible for abiding by state law. No action was taken to step closer to drafting a city smoking ban ordinance.
"Owners are making a reasonable effort to make them non-smoking,"
Craig said. "Bi-County may be coming into bars. I strongly encourage
you to enforce the law. Whether we agree or not, we have to abide by
Bars Letting People Light Up Inside
HERRIN -- It's trivia night at Teddy's Sports Bar and Grill in Herrin, a weekly tradition for Herrin resident Jim Vest. But while he and everyone else can enjoy a drink with their game, when it's time for a smoke they have to step outside.
"The way I look at it, you have to do what you have to do, and if you want to smoke you smoke, and if you can't you go outside or you go where you can," said Vest.
The bar promotes its smoke free environment. But says business has
dropped off since the ban went into effect. The reason: not everyone
makes smokers go outside. We decided to see if that's the case, I walked
into five different bars in Herrin and despite no smoking signs in many
of them I found people lighting up inside each one. ...
backs cigar lounge plan
on smoking in outdoor dining areas mulled
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. ...
backs cigar lounge plan
PLAINFIELD -- A man looking to open a smoking lounge in downtown Plainfield got seven thumbs up from village officials Monday.
Joe Griffin would like to open an "upscale premium cigar boutique" at 24040 Lockport St., a now-vacant building previously occupied by the construction company that did the Lockport streetscape project.
Griffin, who works for Emerald Construction in Oswego, said he used
to build houses but with the slow housing market was looking for another
line of work. ...
Opinion: Casinos wrong to target smoking ban
governor makes changes to smoking ban amendment
What's seen as playing politics by one might be considered offering a clean slate by another.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn offered an amendatory veto Tuesday to a smoking ban amendment that would allow tobacco use for Native American religious ceremonies. The bill was sponsored by Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville. ...
vote on proposed sidewalk Smoking Ban
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.
After the discussion, the issue was not voted upon. Instead, the Council decided to call an open meeting for further discussions with the goal of reaching a compromise on the issue. ...
Revenue and the Illinois Smoking Ban (PDF)
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.
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.
ban enacted in Vernon Hills parks
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.
champion smoke-free parks
A group of Vernon Hills High School students is urging the Vernon Hills Park District to consider a tobacco-free ordinance for local parks.
Several Vernon Hills students who are members of the Lake County chapter of the Reality Illinois tobacco prevention group made a presentation to the Vernon Hills Park District Board regarding their desire to see a smoking ban in outdoor public parks.
Vernon Hills Park Board President David Doerhoefer called the youth
presentation "phenomenal" and said the board would take the
issue into consideration at a future board meeting. ...
Department gets help enforcing smoking ban
The Marion County Health Department now has more ammunition in its
fight to stop smoking in public places. Environmental Health Director
Melissa Mallow ...
underway to amend smoking ban law
County to ban smoking on county property
may offer exemption to smoking ban
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.
smoking ban has popular effect, one year later
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.
Survey: 73 Percent of Illinois Voters Support Smoke-Free Law
rejects smoking exemption for casinos
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.
Tobacco targets smoking ban, tax: With $83,000, lobby seeks exemptions
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."
dollars not hurt by smoking ban
While some bar and restaurant owners have cited the ban as the reason they went out of business, the city's tax revenue from bars and restaurants has grown robustly since the ban, according to Illinois Department of Revenue data.
In fact, in the two quarters since the ban was enacted, city tax revenue from restaurants grew twice as fast as before the ban.
revenue from bars, which has fluctuated wildly over the past five years, did not
grow as much during the fourth quarter of 2006 as it did earlier in the year and
in the same period in 2005. But taxes paid by bars rebounded in the first quarter
of this year.
Illinois ranks first in passage of local smokefree
laws in 2006
change to ban: Some sympathetic aldermen urge passage of statewide ban
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 theyre livelihoods are threatened by the ban that took effect Sept. 17, pleaded for legislators to quickly enact a statewide smoking ban to ensure even odds for every business.
the Smoking Ban
online video 'slideshow' presentation.
IL Licensed Beverage
Association Tied to Philip Morris
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.
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 citys 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.