Learn more about the new smoking ban
View FREE videos on how the smoking ban will affect your business
December 13, 2007
CONTACT: Ted Penesis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CHICAGOOn January 1, 2008, the “Smoke
Free Illinois” law will go into effect throughout the state of Illinois. All liquor-licensed establishments in Illinois will be required to follow this law. For updated information about this ban and to download the required signage, please visit the SMOKE-FREE ILLINOIS website.
The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is providing the following FREE videos for your review on why the smoking ban was enacted and its affect on your business. These videos were created by "Kids Involuntarily Inhaling Secondhand Smoke" and produced with assistance from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
- Smoke-free Restaurant Video
- Smoke-free Bar Video
- Smoke-free Hotel Video
You can order hard copies of the above videos in DVD formatand read more about the effects of secondhand smokeby visiting the www.kiiss.org website.
Since the signing of this law, ILCC staff have received many questions from liquor licensees and municipal officials regarding the new State of Illinois smoking ban. Below are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions:
Q: Is a “No Smoking” sign required in my state-licensed establishment?
A: YES. A “No Smoking” sign or the international “No Smoking” symbol, consisting of a pictorial
representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle with a red bar across it, shall be clearly and
conspicuously posted by the owner, operator, manager, or other person in control of the place where
smoking is prohibited.
Q: How do I order the required “No Smoking” signs?
A: Please visit the Smoke-Free Illinois website.
Q: Where should I post this sign?
A: Each public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited by this Act shall have posted at
every entrance a conspicuous sign clearly stating that smoking is prohibited.
Q: What else am I required to do to be in compliance with the “No Smoking” law?
A: All ashtrays shall be removed from any area where smoking is prohibited.
Q: Can I create a designated smoking area INSIDE my state-licensed establishment?
A: NO. Current and future designated smoking areas are no longer allowed.
Q: Can I create smoking areas in an outdoor patio?
A: YES, as long as the designated smoking area is part of your licensed premises and is at least
15 feet away from ANY door and/or window that opens and/or ventilation intake.
Q: Can a separate room with its own entrance/exit be
designated a smoke shop where smoking is allowed?
A: NO. Smoking is allowed only in establishments registered as a
retail tobacco store. Smoking is NOT permitted in a tobacco
department, section of a larger commercial establishment, or any
establishment with any type of liquor, food, or restaurant license.
Q: Do I still have to enforce the smoking ban if my licensed
establishment is a private club?
A: YES. All state-licensed facilities are required to ban smoking inside their
establishment and outside their facility at a minimum distance of 15 feet
from ANY door and/or window that opens and/or ventilation intake.
Q: Who is in charge of enforcing the smoking ban?
A: The Illinois Department of Public Health, state-certified local public
health departments, and local law enforcement agencies shall enforce
the provisions of this Act and may assess fines. Any person may
register a complaint with the above agencies by calling a hotline
number that will be in place prior to January 1, 2008.
Please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health's Smoke-Free Illinois website, where final rules, a “No Smoking” sign ordering form, and other smoking ban information has been posted.
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