Governor JB Pritzker signed HB 1540, a bill prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in indoor public spaces. The bill includes electronic smoking devices in the existing Smoke-Free Illinois Act, which already bans smoking in most public areas in the state. This amended act aims to reduce air pollution and promote a healthier environment in Illinois.
"Illinoisans deserve to enjoy public spaces without being exposed unwillingly to secondhand vapor and other electronic cigarettes byproducts,” said Governor JB Pritzker. "Now, e-cigarettes and vapes will qualify under existing anti-smoking laws, reducing air pollution and making a more accessible, healthy Illinois.”
E-cigarettes contain nicotine, flavorants, and aerosolized components that may lead to lung damage over time. The ban on these devices extends to places where smoking is already prohibited to protect individuals from exposure to secondhand vapor and its potential negative effects.
The American Lung Association and the Respiratory Health Association advise against e-cigarette use, especially among young people, as nicotine use during adolescence can cause long-term addiction and mood issues. Secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes can also pose risks to vulnerable populations, including individuals with asthma, transplant recipients, or those with reduced lung capacity.
"E-cigarettes pose a significant health risk,” said IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra. "I applaud Governor Pritzker and the legislative sponsors for taking action to protect Illinoisans from the effects of second hand e-cigarette aerosol and other by-products. E-cigarettes can cause lung damage and addiction to nicotine. Banning indoor use of these devices sends a strong message that e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to smoking.”
The law will take effect on January 1, 2024.