New Indoor Smoking Regulations Apprived by Orland Committee


On Mondayin Orland Park there were approved a number of modifications related to indoor smoking. They do restrict what the village permits for tobacco stores under state law.

Three members of  Development Services and Planning Committee voted for a modification in the village legislation refered to smoking. They sent it to the Board of Trustees for the final approval. Their meeting will take place on September 3.

Orland Committee consider they made an important step by changing the closing time for tobacco stores from 1 a.m. to midnight in weekends. However, in weekdays the closing time remain the same — 11 p.m.

Kathy Fenton, the Committee chairwoman, suggested to introduce the modification after an increased number of concerns about what the late hours would mean for shops located near residential area.

Smoke Free Illinois Act  adopted in 2008 prohibits smoking from most public places including restaurants and bars and it contains some common specifics about tobacco stores.  Karie Friling, Development Services Director,  said that proposed modifications specify limits on where hookah lounges and tobacco stores can operate.

New modifications phohibit to operate them within 100 feet of any park, house or school. They must be located at least 20 feet away from all other buildings to make sure that tobacco smoke does not enter into them.

Some areas are more sensitive than others and Orland Committee would like to provide additions that the state law does not have. For example, they want tobacco stores which intend to permit indoor smoking to have alarm systems and fire sprinkler installed before they open.  Friling said that there is a new tobacco store under construction in Old Orland which will make an exception because it already received its building permits. The Orland Committee will even permit it to stay open until 1 a.m. on weekends.

Friling said the Orland had recently got several applications for new tobacco stores, but they approved only the one in Old Orland. All future applicants will be required to follow the new modification if it is approved.

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