Entrepreneurs: Here's the next big construction craze in Illinois -
SMOKING HUTS - THAT'S RIGHT!
When Smoke-Free Legislation was enacted January 1st of this year across Chicago and throughout Illinois, smokers were forced outside, no matter the weather, to enjoy their cigarette breaks.
The new law prohibits smoking within 15 feet of a building entrance or window that opens - so smokers have to "hit the huts." Further, these huts have no doors - smoking is prohibited in any "enclosed area."
This one was recently installed at THK Corporation in suburban Schaumburg IL. The photo was taken by Terry Harris for The Chicago Tribune, January 24, 2008. It was published in The Tribune today.
There are no precise estimates for new orders of these smoking shelters since the Illinois smoking ban took effect, but several manufacturers, such as Tafco Corporation in Melrose Park IL and Duo Guard Industries in Canton MI, say business is soaring.
Many of these shelters provide space heat - but, as you may imagine, are used far less often in colder weather months in Illinois. Chris Corrado, General Manager of the Pair A Dice Casino in East Peoria IL suggests, "clearly when conditions get to negative [degrees], let's face it, it can be challenging."
An incentive for smokers to quit perhaps? Stay tuned!
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