It's been nearly one year since the statewide smoking ban took effect. How have Chicago businesses been coping?
The Department of Public Health has ticketed less than 50 restaurants for violating the smoking ban this year. Even better, not a single office or non-food business has been cited.
Typically, citations are the result of customer complaints (via 311 calls, e-mail, or mail) or inspections by the department's sanitarians. The public health department sends a business a warning letter after one complaint and issues an inspection after a third reported violation.