Customers at Illinois bars might be able to smoke at bars again. As long as they take it outside.A new measure in the state legislature would allow smoking in beer gardens, as long as it takes place 15 feet from the entrance. Currently, smokers are required to leave the premises.
Illinois smokers could soon see a huge increase in the cost of a pack of cigarettes. The Illinois House today approved a plan to more than double the tax on cigarettes, to $1.98 a pack. Other tobacco products would see a similar increase.