At presstime, Illinois was on the verge of joining 19 other states in banning smoking in all public places, including bars. As an Illinois resident and an avid restaurant patron, I must confess that I’m breathing easier.What a refreshing difference it is to walk into a smoke-free bar or restaurant, rather than a smoke-filled one. No more worries about what the stuff is doing to your lungs or heart. No more need to launder smoky-smelling clothes after spending time with smokers.According to ...

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