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On June 27, 2006, the U.S. Surgeon General released the first report on secondhand smoke in more than 20 years.
The report concluded that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke and the only way to fully protect non-smokers from
secondhand smoke is to completely eliminate indoor smoking.
Secondhand smoke has had a devastating toll on the health and safety of our country.
More than 65,000 Americans die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke.
In Illinois, 8 people die a day from exposure to secondhand smoke.
A number of cities, states and countries have already enacted smoke-free laws to protect non-smokers from the
dangers of secondhand smoke. More than 20 countries, 17 states and 28 communities and 2 counties in Illinois have already gone smoke-free.
The response from citizens and business owners has been overwhelmingly positive.
The Smoke-Free Illinois Coalition was established to ensure that all Illinois residents have the right to
breathe clean, smoke-free air. The objective of this campaign is to educate people about the dangers of secondhand
smoke and to promote a statewide, clean indoor air law that will protect the safety and health of all workers.