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Healthy Lake County.
Tony Beltran, MBA, Executive Director.

Tobacco Free Lake County
Smoke-Free Laws and Policies

Use the links on the right to find all topics on Tobacco Free Lake County’s website.

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What is the Smoke-Free Illinois Act?
The Smoke-Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82; Public Act 095-0017) is a comprehensive anti-smoking law that took effect in Illinois on January 1, 2008 and bans smoking in most buildings and vehicles used by the general public, used as a place of employment, or owned by the government or other public body.

What is smoke-free in my community?
According to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, indoor public places and workplaces must be smoke-free, including 15 feet from doors, windows and vents. This includes private clubs, public transportation, government vehicles, and common ares of multi-unit housing. There are some exemptions for tobacco retailers, hotels, and long-term care facilities. For more details, see our handout: Smoke-Free Illinois FAQ for Businesses (107KB).

How do I report a violation of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act?

To report a violation, call 866.973.4646 or go to Smoke-Free Illinois. According to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, indoor public places and workplaces must be smoke-free, including 15 feet from doors, windows, and vents.  This includes private clubs, public transportation, government vehicles, and common areas of multi-unit housing.  There are some exemptions for tobacco retailers, hotels, and long-term care facilities.  For more details, see our handout Smoke-Free Illinois FAQ for Businesses (107KB).

Also, local cities and villages may pass smoke-free laws that are stricter than Smoke-free Illinois, but may not allow smoking where state law prohibits it. For up to date information, it is best to contact the city or village.

How do I report a violation of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act?
To report a violation, call 866.973.4646 or go to Smoke-Free Illinois. From there, you can download a complaint form or click "online" to submit a complaint directly on the website. 

My neighbor’s smoke bothers me.  What can I do about it?
If unwanted tobacco smoke is drifting into your apartment, you are not alone.  Smoke from just one tenant smoking indoors can drift into several other units, causing health problems and reducing the quality of life for other residents.  Check out these Tenant Action Steps (46KB) created by Americans for Nonsmoker’s Rights for a clear idea of what to do.

For help finding smoke-free apartments and other rental housing in Illinois. visit www.ilsmokfreehousing.org or www.showmetherent.com/IL where a smoke-free policy is one of the searchable amenities.

More information on secondhand smoke in apartment buildings is available on our Fact Sheets page, as well as on many other websites dedicated to smoke-free housing, which are listed on our Links page. For help finding the information you need, don’t hesitate to call Tobacco Free Lake County at 847.377.8090.

How can Tobacco Free Lake County help me make my rental property smoke-free?
If you are a landlord seriously considering a smoke-free policy for one or more of your buildings, Tobacco Free Lake County can provide assistance with:

  • Resident surveys
  • Presentations to residents and/or staff
  • Policy development
  • Policy implementation such as signage and promotion
  • Quit tobacco resources such as quit kits and on-site quit groups

Just give us a call at 847.337.8090 and together we’ll develop a plan that is best for you, your property, and your residents. You can also get started on your own by reviewing our Smoke-Free Housing Landlord Toolkit (3MB) or taking the free online course offered by the American Lung Association (simply request a username and password at the provided email address). Also be sure to check our some of the smoke-free housing websites on our Links page and the materials on our Fact Sheets page. If you are unable to open any of the documents, request a hard copy by contacting us at 847.377.8090 or TFLC@lakecountyil.gov.

If you do make your property smoke-free, don't forget to list it for free at Illinois Smoke-Free Housing.

What other websites have information about smoke-free housing and tobacco-free parks?
Visit our Links page to see a list of other websites.

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