And how to keep you healthy when you’re bar-hopping:
Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation Monday making Illinois the latest state to ban smoking in public places — including bars, restaurants and work places. The law goes into effect Jan. 1.
Smokers will still be allowed to light up in their homes, cars, at retail tobacco shops, in certain motel rooms and outdoors. If they get caught smoking in a public place off limits under the new law, though, they could be fined up to $250, and the business could get a $2,500 fine.
“This law will save lives,” said Blagojevich, who signed the measure at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Supporters have highlighted the health dangers of tobacco and second-hand smoke in pushing for the ban.
Bar owners and smokers weren’t so pleased.
Now on to banning alcohol and the fattening .39 cent Happy Hour wing special to complete the life-saving trifecta. Residents of Illinois should feel so lucky for having such a caring statewide babysitter.