Smoking Ordinance

Smoking Restrictions

As of January 1, 2008, the Smoke-Free Illinois Act requires that public places and places of employment be completely smoke-free inside and within 15 feet from entrances, exits, windows that open and ventilation intakes. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Public places and buildings, offices, elevators, restrooms, theaters, museums, libraries, educational institutions, schools, commercial establishments, enclosed shopping centers, and retail stores.
  • Restaurants, bars, taverns, and gaming facilities.
  • Lobbies, reception areas, hallways, meeting rooms, waiting rooms, break rooms, and other common-use areas.
  • Concert halls, auditoriums, enclosed or partially enclosed sports arenas, bowling alleys, skating rinks, convention facilities, polling places, and private clubs.
  • Hospitals, health care facilities, health care clinics, child care, adult care or other similar social service care.
  • No less than 75% of hotel or motel sleeping quarters rented to guests.
  • Public conveyances, government-owned vehicles, and vehicles open to the public.

Additional Information

You can learn more about the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Individuals can file a complaint by calling the Illinois Department of Public Health's toll-free complaint line at 1-866-973-4646 (TTY 800-547-0466, hearing impaired use only) or online, or by contacting the City of Elgin Public Health Department at (847) 931-5934.

Resources for Quitting Smoking

American Lung Association

Tobacco-Free Life