Illinois a Step Closer to Prohibiting E-Cigarettes in Indoor Public Places

Measure passes the General Assembly, headed to Gov. Pritzker for signature next
The Illinois General Assembly took another step towards clean indoor air with the Illinois Senate voting to pass HB 1540, sponsored by Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) and State Representative Camille Lilly (D-Oak Park) on Wednesday. The measure, which passed the House in March, prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes in nearly all indoor public places. The bill heads to Governor J.B. Pritzker next to be signed into law.

Kristina Hamilton, Illinois director of Advocacy for the American Lung Association, issued the following statement in response to the bill’s passing:

“This law strengthens the Smoke-Free Illinois Act. E-cigarettes are not harmless, and HB 1540 will help to protect workers and Illinoisans from the harmful toxins and carcinogens in secondhand electronic cigarette emissions.

In the past few years, the use of these products has skyrocketed due to tobacco companies targeting teens and young people with enticing flavors. Nearly 2.5 million young people in the U.S., and nearly 20-percent of Illinois high schoolers, use e-cigarettes, according the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey.

We applaud lawmakers for passing this measure and urge Governor Pritzker to sign it into Illinois law quickly.”
For more information, contact:

Janye Killelea
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