Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Smoke Free Illinois Act

If you're interested in the Smoke Free Illinois Act, the Jackson County Health Department has posted a one page summary of the act on its website. Click here, then click on Links and scroll down to the links related to the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Or you can just read it below:

Smoke Free Illinois Act
· Repeals the current Illinois Clean Indoor Air Act
· Requires all public places & workplaces to be smoke free
· Requires 15 feet from entrances, exits, windows that open, and
ventilation intakes to be smoke free
· Requires no smoking signs be posted & ashtrays removed
· Fines
o Fines are shared – ½ to IDPH and ½ to enforcing agency
o Person who owns or operates a public place or place of
§ Not less than $250 for first violation
§ Not less than $500 for second violation
§ Not less than $2500 for each additional violation within
one year of first violation
o Individual
§ Not less than $100 and not more than $200
· Enforcement
o Illinois Department of Public Health
o State certified local public health departments
o Local law enforcement
o IDPH shall establish a telephone number for complaints
· Exemptions include:
o Private residences except when used as a child care, adult day
care or health care facility or any other home based business
open to the public.
o Retail tobacco stores
o Private & semi-private rooms in nursing homes and long term
care facilities that are occupied by one or more persons, all of
whom are smokers and have requested in writing to be placed
or to remain in a room where smoking is permitted and the
smoke shall not infiltrate other areas of the nursing home.
o 25% of hotel & motel sleeping rooms
The entire law (Public Act 095-0017) can be found at


Smokin' in the boys room.....yes they were smokin' in the boys room.....
someone tell me if i'm wrong on this but after reading the full act at the web site it says:

"Section 10. Definitions. In this Act:

"Bar" means an establishment that is devoted to the serving
of alcoholic beverages for consumption by guests on the
premises and that derives no more than 10% of its gross revenue
from the sale of food consumed on the premises. "Bar" includes,
but is not limited to, taverns, nightclubs, cocktail lounges,
adult entertainment facilities, and cabarets."

does this mean if the bar and/or night club doesn't serve any food that this act doesn't apply to that bar and/or night club?
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