Chicago City Council Enacts Smoke-Free Chicago Ordinance

Chicago City Council enacts Smoke-Free Chicago ordinance, prohibiting smoking in all workplaces throughout Chicago, including offices, restaurants and bars. The smoke-free ordinance is considered one of the most important local public health measures in decades. Once enacted, the Smoke-Free Chicago Ordinance (and similar ordinances adopted by surrounding Chicago suburbs) propels a successful effort to pass statewide smoke-free legislation in Illinois. Respiratory Health Association plays a key role in meeting with policymakers and leading a grass-roots advocacy effort in support of the smoke-free ordinances in Chicago, Skokie, Wilmette, Elk Grove Village, Oak Park, Deerfield, Evanston, and Highland Park, among others.

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