On March 4th, the City Council of Lockport passed an ordinance to adopt the Smoke-Free Illinois Act with restrictions of e-cigarette use in public places. This means that both smoking and vaping are prohibited inside and within 15 feet of any entrance or exit of bars, restaurants, and any other places accessible to the public in Lockport. It is effective as of today, March 16th.
January 1, 2020 marks the 12th anniversary since the Smoke-Free Illinois Act was implemented. This landmark legislation protects everyone from the health risks associated with secondhand smoke exposure. However, this law was implemented before e-cigarettes and vaping products were on the market. Thus, they are not covered by the state law. As a public health department, we encourage community leaders to take matters into their own hands if they want to address vaping.