New tobacco free policy to be implemented at HCC

Freeport -- The State of Illinois passed the Smoke-Free Campus Act banning smoking in both indoor and outdoor spaces on state-supported college and university campuses beginning July 1, 2015. In keeping with their commitment to health and wellness, the Highland Community College Board of Trustees approved a smoke-free and tobacco-free policy in April.

The new policy, which applies to students, faculty, staff, on-campus partners, and community visitors on campus, prohibits the burning of any type of cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other smoking equipment in both indoor and outdoor spaces within the campus boundaries. The policy also prohibits the use of smokeless/chewing tobacco and e‐cigarettes. Smoking and tobacco use inside private vehicles is permitted.

"Highland Community College is committed to maintaining a healthy, productive environment for all of its students, faculty, staff and visitors," Executive Vice President Tim Hood said in an email to the campus community announcing the policy. “Complying with the new state law, as well as becoming a tobacco-free campus, offers support for this commitment."

The smoking and tobacco free policy will go into effect July 1, 2015. College officials have offered smoking cessation assistance to students and staff since the new policy was announced in February of this year. 

According to the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative, 1014 college campuses in the U.S. are tobacco-free or will become so in the near future. These campuses include the City Colleges of Chicago, Danville Area Community College, McHenry County College, Madison Area Technical College, North Iowa Area Community College, as well as a large number of four-year colleges and universities in the Midwest.

For more information about the Smoking and Tobacco policy at Highland Community College visit

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