Celebrating Five Years of Smoke-Free Illinois
There is so much to celebrate as we move into 2013! Congratulations to the American Cancer Society Action Network and everyone celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act (SFIA). The law, enabling everyone who visits or works in indoor public places to breathe cleaner air, free of the cancer-causing toxins caused by secondhand smoke, was signed just five years ago at Northwestern.
A report from the Illinois Department of Public Health highlights the on the positive impact SFIA has had already, including:
- Prevalence of smoking has declined from 23.6 percent in 2003 to 16.9 percent in 2010, with a noticeable decline after the SFIA was enacted in 2008.
- The 1.4 percent decline for lung cancer mortality already seen is expected to continue dropping.
- There have been more than 13,000 violation complaints reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health and local health departments since SFIA was enacted, with a decline in the number of complaints each year.
Learn how Northwestern's Smoking Cessation Program can help you quit smoking in 2013.
Read the full report on the "Impact of the Smoke Free Illinois Act"
(Last updated on April 12, 2013 )