Seems like despite a statewide smoking ban, 20% of IL adults still smoke, slightly above the national average of smokers (19 percent). That means the smoking rate in IL has actually gone up within the past year.
Me finds it VERY hard to believe (on the adult smoking rate going up in IL) based on the price of cigs around me. But I can't forget Chicago is likely the only town in IL where a pack was as high as 8 bucks in 2008. If I go outside of Crook County and downstate, a pack would likely be 4-5 bucks in the southern IL region.