New law fines people for cigarette littering

By WEEK Producer

December 23, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 10:35 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- A number of new laws go into effect January 1st, including one that could land smokers in jail.

Cigarettes have been added to the definition of litter under the Illinois Litter Control Act.

That means if you toss a butt, it's a Class B misdemeanor.

First time offenders could be fined up to $1,500.

Get caught three times, you could face fines up to $25,000, and three years in prison.

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