Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities
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.
Smoking 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. In fact, cigarette smoking kills more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murders, suicides, drugs, and fires combined. Secondhand smoke can seep through lighting fixtures, cracks in walls, around plumbing, under doors, and can then enter adjoining apartment units.
Current Policy Initiatives and Activities in the Tri-County Region:
Let Us Help You Create a Tobacco-Free Environment Where you Live, Work, and Play
LIVE: Secondhand smoke can seep through lighting fixtures, cracks in walls, around plumbing, under doors, and can then enter adjoining apartment units.
WORK: Tobacco-free campus policies reach beyond the building to the outside property. It is legal, profitable, and non-discriminatory for a business or agency to adopt and promote a tobacco-free policy. Benefits include cleaner areas, less maintenance, healthier environment, and lower insurance risks.
PLAY: Go 100% tobacco-free at parks, recreation fields, playgrounds, pools, athletic fields, community and sporting events, and farmer's markets. Protect waterways from pollution with chemicals and reduce cigarette litter. Reduce youth smoking, and promote healthy living. Assure access to those with illnesses affected by secondhand smoke.
Illinois Tobacco Quitline: A free resource for tobacco users who want to quit for good. 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. Call toll-free 866-784-8937 or visit the website for assistance and qualifications.
Contact UsWe have a team of dedicated Illinois Tobacco-free Community partners dedicated to improving policies throughout the tri-county region. Reach out to us- we can help you develop and implement a smoke-free policy for your multi-unit housing spaces, outdoor spaces, businesses, and more!
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 Act guidelines include:
Custom Smoke-Free Signage & Print Materials
Ready to go smoke-free at your business or campus? We can help you create smoke-free signage to accompany your smoke-free policy. Grant funding may be available to assist with smoke-free signage for your business or campus. To inquire, contact your local ITFC partner.
Smoke-free signs may be available for:
This project was made possible by funds received from the Illinois Department of Public Health.