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Has it really been that long? The state today marks 10 years since passing the Illinois Smoke Free Act. Banning the smoking of tobacco inside pubic areas and near entrances. 
 
A decade ago Senator Terry Link pushed to get his bill passed and now says it will hard to believe that we ever allowed people to smoke in restaurants, buildings and other public venues. 
 
 
Supporters of the past effort say that hospitalizations from asthma, heart attacks and C-O-P-D are down more than 20 percent in the same period of time.

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