According to a report by Newschannel20 on December 15, the US state of Illinois is close to becoming smoke-free, thanks in part to a new law that will take effect on January 1, banning the use of e-cigarettes in public places.
E-cigarettes, in their many forms, continue to exist and have become the most addictive product that people can buy at gas stations, vape shops, and online stores. Morrison, a Lake Forest Democrat, said: “We have made substantial progress in reducing the positive perception of tobacco, and I am confident that e-cigarettes will be banned indoors starting January 1 next year. Proud to use.”
The "Illinois Smoke-Free Act" passed in 2007 prohibits smoking in most public places and within 15 feet of entrances, and requires the posting of "No Smoking" signs. However, when the act came into effect, people smoked mainly traditional cigarettes and cigars.
The use and popularity of e-cigarettes has increased in recent years—especially among middle school students. According to recent reports, this led Morrison to add the product to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act via House Bill 1540, which was signed by Governor JB Pritzker on July 28, 2023.
"Secondhand e-cigarette smoke contains harmful and potentially harmful chemicals," said Kristina Hamilton, Illinois advocacy director for the American Lung Association. "E-cigarette use has surged in recent years, with tobacco companies targeting teens and young adults with appealing flavors People. Expanding Illinois’ signature smoke-free bill will reduce the negative impacts of vaping on our communities.”
House Bill 1540 will take effect on January 1.