February 8: Smoke-Free Illinois Act 15th Anniversary Reception

Celebrating 15 years since enactment of Smoke Free Illinois Act

Media is asked to save the date for a legislative reception to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Smoke-free Illinois Act taking place in Springfield, on February 8.

WHO: Legislators, health leaders and community members who helped pass this landmark law and continue the work of protecting our communities from the harms of tobacco products.

Notable speakers Include:

  • Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough (former State Representative, 2001-2012) – sponsored the Smoke-Free Illinois Act in the House
  • Former Senate President John Cullerton (former State Representative, 1979-1991; former State Senator 1991-2020) – led passage of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act in the Senate
  • State Representative Camille Lilly (D-78th district)
  • Senator Julie Morrison (D-29th district)

WHAT: The Smoke-Free Illinois Act is a comprehensive anti-smoking law that took effect in Illinois on January 1, 2008, and prohibits smoking in most buildings and vehicles used by the public, used as a place of employment, or owned by the government or other public body.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Arlington’s, 210 Broadway, Springfield, IL

WHY: Since the enactment of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, we have seen significant declines in the smoking rate and exposure to secondhand smoke in indoor public places. The Smoke-Free Illinois Act’s 15th anniversary is a proud milestone in Illinois and will help ensure Illinoisans continue to breathe clean, fresh air.

HOSTS: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Delta Dental Illinois, Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, Respiratory Health Association.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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