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Clean Air Act / Smoking

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Evanston Clean Air Act - Smoking  (Title 8 Chapter 18 Evanston City Code)

Places where smoking is prohibited:

  • All businesses, including all restaurants, bars, and sidewalk cafes;
  • All public enclosed areas, all workplaces, all schools;
  • Beaches, playgrounds and tot lots;
  • Public transit (buses, el, and Metra) stops and platforms;
  • All common areas in apartment buildings and condominiums and housing cooperatives; and
  • Within 25 feet of any entrance to an enclosed area in which smoking is prohibited.

Smoking is not regulated in:

  • Private residences except when used as a licensed child care, adult care, or health care facilities, or a home-based business open to the public, "provided that smoke from these places does not infiltrate into areas where smoking is prohibited" in the Evanston Clean Air Act - Smoking;
  • Up to 25% of hotel or motel sleeping rooms;
  • Retail tobacco stores; and
  • Private clubs or lodges.


Enforcement is on a complaint basis by calling the City's 311 Center, (847) 448-4311. Violators of this law will face a fine of $100 to $500 for each day a violation occurs.




After Hours Communication

For after hours communicable disease or bioterrorism emergencies, please call 847-448-4311 and stay on the line to be connected to someone immediately.