SPRINGFIELD. State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) passed legislation out of committee this week (House Bill 3531) that bans smoking tobacco in any area of a day care center.

According to the Federal Government there are not levels of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke considered “safe”. In fact, second-hand smoke is the cause of hundreds of thousands of respiratory infections in children under 18 months every year.

“We have to protect our children, especially those in the earliest stages of their lives. Responsible adults choose the habits of their preference, but this cannot be above the rights of children to enjoy a healthy environment in a child care facility”, said Senator Link.

Public health authorities classified second-hand smoke as a dangerous carcinogen (Class A), along with asbestos and benzene. “As parents, we worry about leaving our children in a safe place while conducting our daily activities. A scenario in which a child can be exposed to second-hand smoking in day acre is something we need to prevent,” said Link.

Senator Link has sponsored other measures that create smoke-free areas to protect the public from the effects of second-hand smoke. Last year, he sponsored and passed a bill that bans smoking on university campuses. This legislation is currently the law of the land in Illinois.

House Bill 3531 now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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