Monday, 18 August 2014 15:12
WAUKEGAN – A new ban on tobacco use on college campuses that passed the General Assembly in the spring has been signed into law by the governor’s office. The measure, Senate Bill 2202, was sponsored in the Senate by State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan).
The new law was introduced as a supplement to the existing Smoke Free Illinois Act of 2008. That measure blocked the use of tobacco products within public buildings and within 15 feet of entrances to those buildings.
“While the ability to smoke cigarettes and other tobacco products is the right of the individual, I don’t believe non-smoking individuals should have to suffer,” Senator Link said. “Second-hand smoke has been proven to be just as dangerous and this new law will help keep non-smokers safe from damaging tobacco smoke.”
Smoking within dormitories and school buildings was banned under the 2008 law. Under the new law, any building that is owned or operated by the college or university is responsible for ensuring compliance. Further, open air areas of college campuses are now deemed to be smoke free under the new law. The state-funded colleges and universities will be required to set up a “Smoke-free campus” task force by December 31, 2014.
SB2202 was signed into law on Sunday and becomes effective July 1, 2015 for all state-funded colleges and universities.