CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich today signed a law banning smoking in public and work places starting Jan. 1.
“The new law is a victory for all Illinois residents, workers and visitors, who will soon benefit from clean, smoke-free indoor environments that will protect them from the deadly dangers of secondhand smoke,” Ronald M. Davis, president of American Medical Association, said in a statement. “Secondhand smoke causes cancer, heart and lung diseases in nonsmokers and is responsible for nearly 3,000 deaths each year in Illinois alone. Thousands more are affected by heart attacks, asthma episodes and respiratory distress because of secondhand smoke.
“Secondhand smoke-related deaths are preventable, and we continue to call on every state to enact statewide smoke-free laws to protect the health of all Americans,” Davis added.