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Village facilities go tobacco-free

The Village of Oak Park became the first municipality in the state to go tobacco-free after implementing new policies prohibiting the use of tobacco products on all Village-owned properties. The initiative codifies the Village’s intention to provide a healthy environment for employees, customers and visitors to its many facilities and properties in Oak Park.

Tobacco use — including smoking, chewing tobacco and using electronic cigarettes or vaporizers — is prohibited on all Village properties. This includes Village Hall, Public Works Center, police stations, fire stations and municipal parking garages. The new policy pre-empts the traditional clause that prohibits smoking within 15 feet of a building entrance.

Signs have been posted on all Village properties reflecting the new policy that went into effect this summer, following a recommendation from the Board of Health and subsequent approval by the Village Board. Funding for the new signs was provided by a grant from the Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities program, part of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

As a Village ordinance, the tobacco-free policy is now part of official Village Code. Enforcement will begin in October and will focus primarily on education and connecting tobacco users with smoking cessation resources.

For more information about the Health Department, call 708.358.5480, email or visit

No-tobacco sign on display at Village-owned properties