Smoke-free Spaces & Places

As stated by the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke refers to the smoke that come off the burning end of a cigarette or is exhaled by a smoker. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic and at least 70 of which cause cancer, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.

Eliminating secondhand smoke from public places, workplaces, and homes has been one of the most important public health achievements of the last century. In addition to protecting against exposure to secondhand smoke, smoke-free policies are also one of the most effective means of reducing tobacco use.

Where You Live: Smoke-free Housing

RHA is a local leader in implementing smoke-free housing protections. We have worked with property managers, owners, residents, public housing authorities, local governments and health officials to establish thousands of units of smoke-free housing across Illinois.

Where You Play: Smoke-free Parks

RHA works with park districts, park boards and youth groups to educate policymakers on the benefits of smoke-free outdoor spaces, and works directly with park districts to assist with policy adoption, implementation, and enforcement.

Where You Learn, Work & Get Healthy: Smoke-free Campuses

RHA has worked with business, health providers, and institutions of higher education across the state to implement comprehensive smoke-free campus policies, supported with smoking cessation resources.

To learn more, visit the Smoke-Free section of our Library or contact Rachael Morkunas, Program Director, via email at