Smokefree Illinois Campaign

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

Since Implementation


  • Illinois celebrates 5 years of being smokefree!


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


  • 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


  • 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


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

Campaign History


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Smokefree Illinois Founded
  • Evanston passed workplace only smokefree law


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


  • 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