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no smokingSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) applauded the governor’s decision to sign a law to limit smoking on college campuses yesterday.  

The new law prohibits smoking on state university and community college campuses in Illinois.

Each campus will have a task force to coordinate the implementation of the Smoke-Free Campus Act.  

“We do our best to limit the dangers of second-hand smoke in public places such as restaurants and office buildings,” said Bush, one of the law’s chief co-sponsors. “This law extends that effort to the places our children study.”

Many public universities across the nation have already implemented smoke free campuses. Iowa enacted smoke free campus laws in 2008, and Arkansas followed suit in 2010. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign became the first public university in Illinois to prohibit smoking on its campus on Jan. 1, 2014.  

“Promoting a healthier environment for people attending institutes of higher learning and continuing to raise awareness about the harmful effects of smoking are certainly things we should encourage,” Bush said.

Smoking in personal vehicles is exempt from the new smoke-free campus law.

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