CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker has signed HB 1540 into law, officially prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes in indoor public spaces across Illinois.
The crucial amendment to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act of 2008 brings e-cigarettes and vaping devices under the same restrictions as traditional combustible cigarettes in places where smoking is already banned.
The decision comes as mounting evidence highlights the potential health risks associated with e-cigarettes, which contain nicotine and flavorants, along with other aerosolized components that can cause lung damage over time. Of particular concern is the rising popularity of these devices among young people, leading to long-term addiction and mood-related issues. Additionally, secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes poses similar health risks to bystanders.
The American Lung Association and the Respiratory Health Association have been consistent in advising against e-cigarette use, particularly among the youth. Certain populations, such as asthma sufferers, transplant recipients, and individuals with reduced lung capacity, are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. The dangers of e-cigarettes prompted the Surgeon General to issue warnings and reports.
The new law will take effect on January 1, 2024.