The Illinois General Assembly passed—and Pat Quinn signed into law—Public Act 098-0985 on August 18, 2014, creating the Smoke-Free Campus Act, which prohibits smoking on all Illinois state-supported higher education institutions, including public university and community college campuses, effective July 1, 2015.
The Act, which does not apply to individuals traveling through campus in non-state owned vehicles, requires universities to establish a task force by December 31, 2014, to coordinate the implementation of the act with community and campus leaders. It also requires that the prohibitions on smoking be communicated to all students and employees of state-supported institutions of higher education on or before May 1, 2015 and to each guest of a state-supported institution of higher education upon request.
The campus' new policy supports and builds upon the state's Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82/), which is already in effect throughout the RVC campus. The American College Health Association has also advocated that all colleges and universities attain a 100 percent tobacco-free environment. As of July 1, 2015, more than 1500 college campuses across the country have enacted 100 percent smoke-free or tobacco-free policies, with the trend steadily increasing for the past few years.
Rock Valley College is in compliance with the new law and continues to implement the other aspect of the law-education and notice of the health consequences and assistance for anyone seeking to reduce or quit smoking.