03132018CM0273Illinois State Police and state conservation officers could join local police in enforcing Illinois’ anti-smoking laws.

A measure sponsored by Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) expands the number of law enforcement agencies that can enforce the state’s prohibition on smoking inside public buildings, vehicles, places of employment and within 15 feet of building entrances.

“Secondhand smoke has serious public health consequences, which is why Illinois barred smoking in public places years ago,” Mulroe said. “Despite efforts to raise awareness, people continue to flout the law and smoke where they please. It’s time to strengthen enforcement efforts on behalf of everyone who doesn’t want to inhale poison.”

The Smoke Free Illinois Act took effect on Jan. 1, 2008. It allows local law enforcement to cite individuals who violate the act by smoking inside public buildings, within 15 feet of building entrances and within public vehicles.

Senate Bill 2514 passed the Senate 54-0 today. It now heads to the House for further consideration.

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