An environmental policy that has been implemented in Chicago over the past years is the ban of smoking in public places.From restaurants, public transportations, schools, and even some hotels. It also includes banning smoking within 15 feet from building entrances, exits, and windows.The Illinois smoking ban was implemented January 1st, 2008. Illinois was the 19th state to pass such a law.
This law was passed due to increase of awareness in the health effects associated with tobacco and the smoke that is released into the air. Using tobacco increases the risk of health issues such as lung cancer in the person consuming it. It also affects the people that are in the surrounding areas, this is called second hand smoke. It affects the environment as well, adding to the pollution in the air. People who go to work in the city, or live in the city, where the population is dense do not want to be exposed to secondhand smoke, or their families to be exposed to secondhand smoke.
A similar comparison to a policy like this on a larger scale is the Clean Air Act. This has lead to the shutdown of a couple coal based factories in the city of Chicago. This will help improve the quality of life of the entire city. Not only do the pollutants affect the environment, but they also affect one’s health, which is similar to the smoking example I stated before on how it not only affects one person but, everyone around them as well.