Smokefree Illinois Campaign

The Smokefree Illinois campaign continues to protect the Smokefree Illinois Act from any attempts to weaken the law.

Since Implementation

2013

  • Illinois celebrates 5 years of being smokefree!

2012

  • Bill to allow local liquor control commissions to sell smoking licenses defeated in House, with 80 no votes and 32 yes votes

2011

  • Four major attempts to weaken the Smokefree Illinois Act defeated during spring legislative session
    • 3 attempts to allow smoking in casinos
    • 1 attempt to allow local liquor commissions to sell smoking licenses
    • Talking points in opposition of weakening the Smokefree Illinois Act
  • Definition of nursing home exemption combined with veterans home exemption and passed
  • Rock Island IL casino revenue (smokefree) increases over Davenport IA casino (allows smoking) after Rock Island builds brand new luxury casino
  • Study: Exempting casinos from the Smoke-free Illinois Act will not bring patrons back: they never left
  • Statewide poll of Illinois gamblers shows smokefree preference
  • Study: Major Decline in Cardiac Hospitalizations in 2 years post-Smokefree Illinois

2009

  • Illinois celebrates 1 year of being smokefree!
    • Watch ads celebrating the 1 year anniversary! Ad 1  Ad 2
  • In February, passed amendment to include enforcement protocol in the Act, extended definition of retail tobacco store, added exemptions for enclosed laboratories conducting tobacco research and common smoking rooms in veterans homes

2008

  • Amendment to allow smoking in casinos defeated during spring legislative session

Campaign History

2008

  • Illinois goes 100% smokefree on January 1st
  • Total of 45 local smokefree laws passed

2007

  • SB500, making all public places in Illinois, including workplaces, restaurants, private clubs, bars and casinos, sponsored by Senators Terry Link & John Cullerton and Representative Karen Yarborough, introduced January 11th
  • SB500 passed both houses
  • Smokefree Illinois Act signed by the Governor on July 23rd

2006

  • Preemption repeal effective January 1st
  • Springfield was the first city to pass a local smokefree law after preemption was reversed.  100% comprehensive smokefree law was passed on January 17, 2006.  The new law took effect September 17, 2006.
  • SB2400, extended ability to regulate smoking in public places to non-home rule counties, passed both houses and signed by Governor.   Sangamon County passed a smokefree law to take effect the same day as the Springfield law, September 17, 2006.
  • Total of 36 new local smokefree laws passed

2005

  • HB672, allowing local municipalities to regulate smoking in public places, passed both houses and signed by Governor
  • Highland Park passed 100% comprehensive smokefree law
  • City of Chicago passed smokefree law with 2 ½ year delay for bars
  • Smokefree Springfield coalition created & debated

2004

  • Smokefree Illinois Founded
  • Evanston passed workplace only smokefree law

2003

  • Skokie passed a smokefree law exempting free-standing bars
  • Wilmette passed 100% comprehensive smokefree law

1989

  • Original Illinois Clean Indoor Act (ICIAA) passed into law with preemption clause
  • 21 Illinois communities grandfathered in, maintained power to regular smoking in public places