Smoke Free

CHICAGO (AP) -- Smokers in Cook County have fewer places to light up.

The Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance last year that says businesses and establishments have to be smoke free by today.

That means no smoking in any enclosed public places and places of employment.

Smokers are also not allowed to light up within 15 feet of an entrance to a place where smoking is banned.

The ban doesn't include private residences and designated smoking rooms in hotels and long term care facilities.

Cook County joins other parts of the state that have instated similar smoking bans this year. Those include Champaign, Urbana and the Bloomington-Normal area.

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