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As of January 1, 2008, indoor public places and places of employment in Illinois will be smoke-free. Places of employment include offices and work areas, conference rooms, break rooms, cafeterias, and other common areas. Public places include restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, private clubs, gaming facilities, and public conveyances.

All public places in Illinois must comply with the Smoke-Free Illinois Act. Possible violations include: 

  • Signage is not posted at the entrance stating that smoking is prohibited.

  • Receptacles/ashtrays are in areas where smoking is prohibited/are more at least 15 feet away from the entrance. 

  • Person was smoking within 15 feet of an entrance or other Section 15 violation.


Routine checks will be conducted for all businesses in Mercer County to ensure proper signage is posted and receptacles are the appropriate distance from the entrance. Any violations will be sent a corrective education letter. A follow-up inspection will be conducted within 14 days of the date on the letter to determine compliance. The next step for non-compliance will be a warning letter. After a warning letter, your business will be at risk of receiving a monetary fine.

To submit a complaint of a smoking violation, please visit or call the Mercer County Health Department and speak with our Tobacco Program Coordinator, Hannah Harrison.

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The Quitline staff offers encouragement and support throughout the quitting process and can help you: 

  • Develop a clear plan for quitting

  • Select the best strategies for you

  • Determine the proper dosage of nicotine products

  • Work on healthy behaviors to help prevent relapse

1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937)

Daily 7 AM-11 PM

Get in Touch
Tobacco Program: Programs
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