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Sen. Cullerton Introduces Comprehensive Measure to Make Illinois Smoke-Free

Publication Date: 1/11/2007
  • Publication:PR Newswire

Comprehensive legislation that would make Illinois workplaces and indoor public places moke-free has been introduced by Senator John J. Cullerton (D-6th District). Joining Senator Cullerton as co-sponsors of the Smoke-free Illinois Act (SB500) are Senator Christine Radogno (R-41st District) and Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3rd District). In the House, the legislation is being sponsored by Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D-7th District).

"As we kick off 2007, a smoke-free Illinois is my New Year's resolution for our state to protect all Illinois workers from the serious health risks related to secondhand smoke exposure," said Senator Cullerton. "This measure calls for all indoor public places and workplaces in Illinois, including bars, casinos and restaurants, to be 100 percent smoke-free," he said.

A diverse group consisting of more than 400 organizations, including the Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and the Illinois Public Health Association, applauded Sen. Cullerton for introducing legislation to make Illinois the next smoke-free state.