Smoke-Free Laws

Everyone deserves to breathe smoke-free indoor air

Smoke-free is good for health

  • Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
  • Secondhand smoke causes cancer, stroke, heart disease, SIDS and asthma. It is especially harmful to children.
  • There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. People who spend just 30 minutes in a smoke-filled room have a measurable decrease in oxygen delivered to their heart.
  • Smoke-free laws have led to a decrease in tobacco-caused cancers. In California, lung cancer fell 19.5% since smoke-free legislation was enacted.


Smoke-free is good for business

  • Clean indoor air ordinances reduce medical costs and lost work time due to secondhand smoke-related illnesses. In fact, many cities have experienced significant economic gains.
  • "The city's recent smoking ban, far from curbing restaurant traffic, has given it a major lift." - Zagat's Annual Survey of NYC, 2004
  • A glowing endorsement from the President of New York State Restaurant Association stated, "...that smoking bans are GOOD for business."
  • Recent economic studies of smoke-free laws from New York City, El Paso, Florida, Massachusetts and dozens of others have shown no negative business impact.

Respiratory Health Association has been successful in defeating the special interest's proposals who seek exemption from the smoke-free law.

Smoke-free Chicago Decals

Earlier this year, the Chicago City Council added electronic cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Law. In addition to ensuring everyone has the right to breathe clean indoor air, smoke-free laws create an environment that encourages smokers to quit and discourages youth from smoking. Including e-cigarettes in Chicago's smoke-free law will preserve these benefits. This sign helps ease the enforcement of the law and meets the requirement set forth in Chicago City Code 7-32-020:

 "Each public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited by this chapter shall have posted at every entrance a conspicuous sign clearly stating that smoking is prohibited."

Download a Smoke-free Chicago Decal by clicking here. If you would like additional decals please contact Respiratory Health Association. For a complete version of the clean indoor air ordinance please visit

 For more information, contact Matt Maloney:
Email Matt
(312) 628-0233