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Help Make Illinois College Campuses Smokefree

Publication Date: 4/30/2013

Make Your Voice Heard Today for Smokefree College and University Campuses in Illinois.

Join the fight to reduce smoking by telling your Illinois State Senator & Representative to vote ‘Yes’ on SB2202, the Smokefree Higher Education Campus Act. SB2202 promotes a safe, clean and healthy environment for students, visitors and employees.

In 2008, Illinois became a smokefree state, when all indoor public places ­ including bars and casinos ­ went smokefree. But secondhand smoke is still posing a risk. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, even outdoors. The California Air Resources Board identified secondhand smoke as a toxic air contaminant, which means it is an outdoor air pollutantthat may cause or contribute to disease & death.

Students and visitors to college and university campuses deserve a smokefree environment, both indoors and out. Policies prohibiting smoking on college campuses are increasing across the nation, with over 1,100 smokefree or tobacco-free higher education campuses nationwide, and over 30 campuses in Illinois alone.

Since 1995, all elementary and secondary schools in Illinois have been tobacco-free campuses. It is time to act now to extend that protection to college campuses! Smokefree college campuses will also help eliminate tobacco litter on campuses. Cigarette butts are the #1 littered item in the world. The chemicals found in cigarettes are harmful to the environment, polluting the land and water with each littered butt.

Make your voice heard today! Click on this link, to complete the form and send a letter to your directly to your legislator about this issue. Feel free to personalize the letter in any way you like.