Chicago adopts 100% comprehensive smoke-free ordinance

The Chicago City Council votes to amend the Chicago Clean Indoor Air ordinance to make all places of employment, including restaurants, bars and sporting venues, 100% smoke-free.  The ordinance, sponsored by Alderman Ed Smith, is the at the time the strongest municipal smoke-free ordinance in the country.  The ordinance is the result of a two year long campaign by Respiratory Health Association and its partners, including public health organizations, nurses, medical students, and faith organizations.  The ordinance was also supported by 150 local restaurant owners, led by Ina Pickney, Glen Keefer, and Dan Rosenthal, as the coalition “Chefs & Owners United for Good Health (“Health”). Ordinance goes into effect January 16, 2006.