Details have been finalized by the State of Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules regarding requirements under Section 20 of Illinois Public Act 095-0017., and what may be included on these signs.
Smoke-Free Illinois Overview:
As of Tuesday, January 1, 2008, smoking will be prohibited within 15 feet of the doors of all Illinois public buildings and businesses. The statewide smoking ban, signed by Governor Rod Blagojevich in May, also prohibits smoking inside bars, restaurants, and other public buildings. Illinois is now one of more than 20 states to enact such a smoking ban.
Many states, cities, and counties across the country have enacted strong smoke-free laws in response to people speaking up for their right to breathe clean, smoke-free air, free of the proven dangers of secondhand smoke which include lung cancer, heart disease and serious respiratory illnesses that are responsible for thousands of deaths each year.
Key Facts About Smoke-Free Illinois:
Business should be in compliance by Tuesday, January 1, 2008.
What The Law States About Posting Requirements (from Public Act 095-0017) Section 20. Posting of signs; removal of ashtrays.
(a) "No Smoking" signs 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 in each public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited by this Act by the owner, operator, manager, or another person in control of that place.
(b) 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.
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