Statewide Campus Smoking Ban Considered

Jun 16, 2014

Smoking could be banned at all of Illinois' public colleges under legislation passed by the General Assembly.

Though several campuses have already gone smoke-free, this measure would make it illegal to smoke anywhere at the state's 12 public universities, plus its community colleges.

Representative Ann Williams, a Democrat from Chicago, says this would be no different from previous restrictions on smoking - most recently in restaurants and bars.
 
"So, yeah, this is a prohibition on smoking, much like we've done in most public places in the state of Illinois, simply for the reason that second-hand smoke impacts others."
 
Opponents say mandates like this don't do much to curb smoking. Lawmakers did add an exception that would allow smoking in cars on campus.

A spokesman says Governor Pat Quinn has not yet decided whether to sign the proposal into law.