Legislators, Health Groups Celebrate Commencement of Illinois Smoke Free Campus Act
(June 30, 2015)
Illinois legislators and health groups gathered this morning at the state capitol building to celebrate the July 1 effective date of the Smoke Free Campus Act.
“Smoke free policies have proven to result in lower smoking prevalence rates,” said Kathy Drea, Vice President of Advocacy for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest.
Illinois joins three other states with smoke free campus laws, including Arkansas; Iowa, (includes public and private institutions); and Oklahoma.
“We commend the sponsors of this bill, Illinois State Senator Terry Link and Illinois State Representative Ann Williams, for leading the effort to provide a healthy learning environment which this bill will provide,” Drea said.
The bill will also promote health and wellness for students, faculty, staff and visitors at all public colleges and universities in Illinois. In addition, it will improve the campus environment by eliminating smoking related litter, as well as protect students, staff, faculty and visitors from toxic secondhand smoke exposure.
Pictured above: Heather Eagleton, American Cancer Society; Drea, Lung Association; Valerie Gebhardt, University of Illinois Springfield; State Senator Link; JoAnn Hairston-Jones, Western Illinois University; Carrie Skogsberg, American Heart Association; and Shelly Musser, March of Dimes.
Featured speakers at today’s press conference included State Senator Link; Gebhardt; and Hairston-Jones.
The Lung Association provides free support for tobacco users that are thinking of quitting. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline (1-866-QUIT-YES) is available seven days a week. Callers speak with nurses, respiratory therapists and certified tobacco-treatment counselors.
As of January 2, 2014 there were 1,182 smoke free higher education campuses nationwide, and 811 of them are 100% tobacco free.
Media Contact: James A. Martinez; O: 312-445-2501; C: 312-718-5875; E: James.Martinez@Lung.org
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