Smoke-Free Illinois Act​

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

The purpose of the act is to protect residents, workers, and visitors from the harmful and hazardous effects of secondhand smoke. Inhaling secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and coronary heart disease in healthy nonsmoking adults. It also increases the risk of serious respiratory problems in children.

The Smoke Free Illinois Act prohibits smoking in a public place or in any place of employment or within 15 feet of any entrance to a public place or place of employment. The SFIA prohibits smoking in any vehicle owned, leased, or operated by the State or political subdivision of the State.

Smoking is prohibited in Public places including, but not limited to:

  • Restaurants
  • Bar/taverns
  • Bowling alleys
  • Private clubs
  • Gaming facilities
  • Dormitories
  • Public conveyances
  • Sports arenas
  • Retail & commercial establishments
  • Convention facilities
  • Vehicles & buildings owned or leased by the State
  • Not less than 75% of hotel/motel sleeping rooms
  • Offices
  • Hospitals


Places of employment, meaning any area under the control of public or private employer that employees are required to enter, leave, or pass through during the course of employment.

Including:

  • Offices
  • Restrooms
  • Conferences/classrooms
  • Break rooms
  • Work areas
  • Cafeterias
  • Other common areas


Businesses must clearly post “No-Smoking” signs at every entrance stating that smoking is prohibited. All ashtrays must be removed from any area where smoking is prohibited.

Kane County’s Tobacco Prevention Team enforces the Smoke Free Illinois Act and follows up with submitted complaints.

Links & Resources

Kane County No Smoking Sign
Smoke-free Illinois Act
Smoke-free Illinois FAQs

Resources:
Smoke-Free Illinois. (2015). Smoke Free Illinois Act. Retrieved from:
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2893&ChapterID=35

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