Health Promotion and Wellness
A Healthier America
- Birth & Death Records — 309-679-6032
Record and issue birth certificates and death certificates and issue burial permits.
The Peoria City/County Health Department (PCCHD) initiated a community-wide strategic planning process in October 2009 to identify resources, prioritize health and quality of life issues and form effective partnerships to implement health improvement strategies in Peoria County, IL. The planning process engaged all segments of the community to form collaborative relationships with the PCCHD. The outcomes of the process are the creation and implementation of a community-wide strategic plan for improving the public’s health and increasing the visibility of public health within the communities. In July 2011, the Peoria County Board of Health adopted the Peoria County Health Needs Assessment and Plan for 2011-2016. This report identifies three priority community health issues that need to be addresses to improve population health in Peoria County. The identified priority strategic community health issues include: obesity, oral health, and reproductive health. Read the total report on our Community Health Planning page.
Tobacco Free Communities
Smoking is the single most important preventable cause of illness and death in the United States. More than 20,000 people in Illinois die each year as a result of cigarette smoking. Nationally, smoking is responsible for one of every five deaths. In fact, cigarette smoking kills more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murders, suicides, drugs, and fires combined.
The staff at the Illinois Tobacco Quitline offers encouragement and support throughout the quitting process. Calling and registering with the Quitline also allows you to get nicotine replacement products through the mail. Call toll-free 866-784-8937 for assistance.
In 2007 the State of Illinois passed Senate Bill 500 that bans smoking in all public places, places of employment and governmental vehicles.
The ban took effect on January 1st, 2008.
The smoking ban applies to all public places and places of employment. Public places include but are not limited to: hospitals, restaurants, bars, taverns, retail stores, offices, commercial establishments, elevators, indoor theaters, libraries, museums, concert halls, educational facilities, nursing homes, auditoriums, enclosed or partially enclosed sports arenas, schools, meeting rooms, exhibition halls, convention facilities, polling places, private clubs, gaming facilities, lobbies, bowling alleys, skating rinks, public restrooms, and student dormitories.
Places of employment include but are not limited to: offices, work areas, restrooms, conference and classrooms, break rooms and cafeterias.
Smoking is not allowed within 15 feet of any entrance to a public place or place of employment.
"No smoking" signs are required to be posted at every entrance.
Where is smoking allowed?
- Private residences- unless being used as a child care, adult day care or healthcare facility or any other home based business that is open to the public.
- Retail tobacco stores that have been in operation prior to January 1st, 2008- and derive more than 80% of gross revenue from the sale of tobacco and related smoking accessories. An annual affidavit is required with the State of Illinois Department of Public Health. This exemption does not apply to any establishment with any type of liquor or retail food service.
- Private and semi private rooms in nursing homes or long term care facilities.
- Hotel and Motel rooms that are designated smoking rooms, not more than 25% of the rooms may be designated as smoking rooms.
What are the responsibilities of a proprietor?
Not permit smoking in a public place, a place of employment or within 15 feet of any entrance.
Not allow drifting/infiltrating of smoke into a building or facility through an entrance, a window, a ventilation system or other means.
Post "no smoking" signs at each entrance.
Remove ashtrays from all areas where smoking is prohibited.
Tell existing and new employees that smoking is prohibited in a place of employment.
What is the responsibility of an individual?
- No smoking in an area of a public place or place of employment where smoking is prohibited by the Act.
How do I file a complaint?
Individuals can file a complaint by calling the Illinois Department of Public Health's toll-free complaint line at 866-973-4646 (TTY 800-547-0466, hearing impaired use only) or online.
The full text of Smoke Free Illinois, Public Act (410 ILCS 82/) is available via this link.