Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities
Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities Program
|Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities is an Illinois Department of Public Health grant-funded initiative to establish tobacco prevention and control programs to prevent tobacco use among youth, eliminate exposure to second-hand smoke, and eliminate tobacco-related health disparities. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no safe level of second-hand smoke exposure, including multi-unit housing where secondhand smoke can be a major concern for residents in neighboring apartments, outdoor public space, school campus property, indoor public places, and places of employment.|
Peoria City/County Health Department works in a regional collaboration with Tazewell County Health Department, Woodford County Health Department, Hult Center for Healthy Living, Peoria Park District, and other partnering agencies to implement tobacco-free policy initiatives and activities in the following areas:
- Increase the number of tobacco-free multi-unit housing polices, like apartment buildings and public housing.
- Increase the number of tobacco-free outdoor spaces like parks, outdoor events, and farmer’s markets.
- Introduce and implement tobacco-free campus polices for businesses, as well as school and college campuses.
- Conduct specified enforcement activities for compliance of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act on behalf of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Identified Community Health Priority - Lung Cancer and Tobacco
The Partnership for a Healthy Community, www.HealthyHOI.org, a community-driven partnership in the tri-county area to improve health and wellness, identified Lung Cancer as a priority health issue in the regional Community Health Improvement Plan. The Partnership reviewed data and noted the following:
- Smoking tobacco is the leading cause of lung cancer
- Tobacco is the single most important preventable cause of illness and death in the United States.
- More than 20,000 people in Illinois die each year as a result of cigarette smoking.
- Nationally, smoking is responsible for one of every five deaths.
- Cigarette smoking kills more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murders, suicides, drugs, and fires combined.
The Partnership’s Lung Cancer Action Team develops strategies and works collaboratively across the tri-county area to initiate and support programs and activities to decrease lung cancer and tobacco-related health issues and disparities. The Lung Cancer Action Team serves as coalition support to the regional Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities program.
Illinois Tobacco QuitlineThe Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free resource for tobacco users who want to quit for good. As an evidence-based program, certified counselors and staff at the Illinois Tobacco Quitline provide the support needed to break the habit. Qualified individuals have access to nicotine replacement products through the mail. Visit Illinois Tobacco Quitline or call toll-free 866-784-8937 for assistance and qualifications.
Smoke-Free Illinois Act Information
The Smoke-Free Illinois Act, effective January 1, 2008, protects the public in Illinois from the harmful effects of exposure to tobacco and second-hand smoke by prohibiting smoking in indoor public places and places of employment, including offices, theaters, museums, libraries, schools, commercial establishments, enclosed shopping centers and retail stores, restaurants, bars, private clubs and gaming facilities. Smoking is also prohibited in public conveyances like taxis and buses. Other Smoke-Free Illinois Act guidelines include:
- Business owners shall not permit smoking within 15 feet of any entrance, exit, windows that open and ventilation intakes.
- "No smoking" signs are required to be posted at every entrance to a public place or place of employment. These signs are available to download on the Illinois Department of Public Health Website.
- Individuals can file a complaint at the Illinois Department of Public Health’s toll-free complaint line at 866-973-4646 or online.
- Link here.to the full text of Smoke-Free Illinois, Public Act 095-0017.