Illinois smoking ban starts Jan. 1

SPRINGFIELD Ill. Smokers celebrating New Year’s Eve in restaurants and bars in Illinois will have to snuff out their cigarettes at the stroke of midnight to avoid breaking the law. The state’s new smoking ban, which prohibits smoking in all workplaces, becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Although Chicago’s Department of Public Health is advising restaurant and bar owners to get rid of all ashtrays by that time, Public Health Commissioner Terry Maso

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