As of today, if you smoke, you can't in restaurants and bars in Lake County. Several county towns --- like Libertyville and Lindenhurst --- had already banned smoking in public establishments before the state law took effect. Instead of smoking sections, there will be smokers outdoors, shivering in the cold, at least until summer.
The Hound has polled smokers he knows and they will continue to smoke. They just won't enjoy it as much while having a drink or dinner. Smoking seems to be an enjoyable pastime. Why else would a quarter of the nation continue to smoke after hearing of the effects on one's health? Perhaps many Illinois smokers will resort to a chew and spittoons may return to taverns. Talk about your back to the future.
And, doesn't our government, as usual, send a mixed message here. We continue, nationally, to subsidize tobacco farmers. Our state officials rub their hands with glee over increased taxes on tobacco.
The Hound has been in other states where smoking has been banned and most add an outdoor "patio" to their establishments catering to smokers. That's fine and dandy in warm-weather states. Try that today in Lake County and smokers will get frostbite --- not only on their fingers --- and that is another health danger for puffers lawmakers didn't take into account.