• Celebrating a decade of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act

    June 03, 2019
    In support of World No Tobacco Day, Jackson County Health Department would like to
    celebrate the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, SFIA. The SFIA was enacted on January 1, 2008 to aid in the fight
    against secondhand smoke exposure. A 2006 report by the U.S. Surgeon General revealed 2,900
    Illinoisans die every year as a result of secondhand smoke exposure. Illinois’ response in the form of the
    SFIA helped decrease the number of reported smokers within Illinois from 21.3% in 2008 to 15.5% in
    2017. The Smoke-Free Illinois Act in its simplest form prohibits smoking inside public places and within
    15 feet of those entrances.

    General requirements of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act include:
    • Public places, governmental vehicles, and places of employment be smoke-free inside and
    within 15 feet from entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes
    • Posting of “No Smoking” signs or visible signs at every entrance clearly stating smoking is
    prohibited
    • Removal of ashtrays from any area where smoking is prohibited by the SFIA

    For more information on specific requirements of the SFIA and additional signage needs, please visit
    http://bit.ly/sfia2008 or call Jackson County Health Department, 618-684-6143, ext. 258. For more
    information on submitting a complaint regarding a potential SFIA violation, please visit
    http://www.idph.state.il.us/sfi/public/.

    For information on quitting smoking, call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-
    8937).