Kristina Hamilton, Illinois director of advocacy for the American Lung Association, issued the following statement in response to the Illinois Senate voting to pass SB 1561, introduced by Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest), which would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in nearly all indoor public places.
“After 15 years of smoke-free air in Illinois, SB1561 strengthens the Smoke-Free Illinois Act to also protect workers and all Illinoisans from the harmful toxins and carcinogens in secondhand electronic cigarette emissions.
“E-cigarettes are not harmless. The use of these products has skyrocketed in recent years with tobacco companies targeting teens and young people with enticing flavors. According to the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey more than 2.5 million young people in the U.S. use e-cigarettes, including nearly 20 percent of Illinois high schoolers.
“We urge the House to quickly pass this legislation so that it can move on to Governor Pritzker for his signature and become law in Illinois.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.