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6/16/2015 3:46:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
LTC going completely smoke-free
ROBINSON - Lincoln Trail College will be among the colleges around Illinois going completely tobacco-free beginning July 1.

Former Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act last year. It prohibits smoking on the campuses of all state-supported colleges and universities, both indoors and outdoors. It also bans the use of tobacco in university-owned vehicles. The ban extends to students, faculty, staff and guests.

LTC officials said Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District 529, which includes Lincoln Trail College, is prepared to comply with the new state law.

The board of trustees revised the district's smoke-free campus policy in September in preparation of the new law.

"We're fully prepared to comply with the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act," says LTC President Kathryn Harris. She says the new law had health in mind. "The tobacco-free policy will help protect our students, employees, and guests from secondhand smoke. This is also another step we can take to improve the health of our students and encourage healthier lifestyles."

The tobacco ban covers things like cigarettes, cigars and pipes, but also includes electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco and devices that deliver nicotine electronically or simulate tobacco smoking.


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