Illinois Law Change Could Force Smokers Out of Beer Gardens

Illinois Law Change Could Force Smokers Out of Beer Gardens

(AP) Illinois lawmakers have quietly made it tougher for smokers to find a public place to light up and may have banned smoking in beer gardens altogether. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that a committee of lawmakers has tweaked a definition in the Smoke-Free Illinois Act to ban smoking in any public place with a floor and ceiling – whether or not the walls are retractable or permeable. The state’s Department of Public Health had asked for the clarification of a definition of the Smoke Free Illinois Act because the wording has long been so vague that it has proven all but impossible to enforce since it took effect in 2008.