Thursday, February 01, 2007

Daily Smoke-Free News

Police Cars Now Smoke-Free - Sun-Times News Group (Franklin Park)

Study shows stronger link between workplace smoke and lung cancer - Sun-Times News Group(Naperville Sun)

The local debate over smoking bans is just getting started - Beacon News

Elk Grove Village is not budging on no smoking - Schaumburg Review

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Demonstrate Grassroots Power - CALL Your Legislator in Support of SB 500

Next week marks the true beginning of the spring legislative session, as state legislators return to the state capitol and for the most part wont leave until the end of May.

We want to try to use this final week before the legislators return to the capitol to demonstrate the grassroots power of this movement, and encourage them to sign on in support of SB 500. Our volunteers that live in targeted areas will be getting an action alert in their email later today, but we want everyone to participate if possible. So here is what we would like you to do:

1) Track down the name & contact information for your legislator by going to this site and entering your home address

2) Call your state representative and state senator THIS WEEK and ask them politely to support 100% comprehensive smoke free legislation by becoming a co-sponsor of Sen. John Cullerton's Senate Bill 500 (SB 500)

3) After your conversation, take a moment to share your experience by adding your comments to this blog post, or emailing us at

This is a great way to use our grassroots power to get results, and hold legislators accountable. Get involved, and have fun while you do it!

We look forward to hearing your feedback!

Rules for Posting Comments

Now that the smoke-free battle is really heating up and people have taken to expressing their opinions on our blog, the time has come to lay down some basic rules for posting:

1.) No swearing or other vulgarity
2.) No personal attacks or threats
3.) If you're going to be overly argumentative, or plan on posting a dissertation length rant, please try to back it up with some actual facts or at the very least some meaningful personal experience.

That's it! We really want to encourage an open dialogue at all times but we've also had to start moderating some comments recently (on both sides of the argument, so no finger pointing) that broke one or more of the above rules.

Anyway, keep the posts coming everybody!

Post Dispatch Adds Another Smoke-Free Editorial

Even St. Louis is now endorsing a Smoke-Free Illinois:

About 80 percent of Illinois adults don't smoke. They shouldn't have to breathe anyone else's poisonous tobacco fumes either.

Tobacco is a hugely profitable industry with a long record of blowing smoke to cloud the facts about the health hazards of smoking. It still fans the fears of restaurant and bar owners that clean-air bills will cost them business when, in fact, most have more business after anti-smoking protections are put in place.

This is an excellent editorial and does a good job of supporting its arguement with scientific fact. Click here to read the rest of the article.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Should Naperville ban smoking in public places? Please vote YES!!!

Please vote in favor of a smoke-free law in Naperville

There is still time to contact Naperville's city council and let them know what you think:

City Manager's Office
Attn: Smoke-Free Ordinance
400 S. Eagle St.
Naperville, IL 60540.