City Colleges of Chicago Adopts Tobacco-Free Campus Policy

On January 12, 2012 the City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees passed a policy that enforces 100% tobacco-free campuses. The prohibition of tobacco use that went into affect in March of 2012 impacted  120,000 students and 5,800 faculty and staff, plus visitors and will apply to the seven colleges in Chicago, seven satellite locations, and the district office. These colleges include Harold Washington College, Harry S Truman College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Richard J. Daley College, and Wilbur Wright College. The goal of this policy is to reduce tobacco use, especially among college students who typically have a higher usage rate than adults, and to also eliminate secondhand smoke. Resources are provided at the colleges’ Wellness Centers that will assist smokers in quitting and also reduce the amount of new smokers in the area. The City Colleges of Chicago District-wide Student Government Association voted unanimously to pass the tobacco-free campus policy. Olurotimi Akindele, president of the Harold Washington College Student Government Association, commented that the policy helps to create a more comfortable environment for non-smokers as well as helps smokers through the various support services on the campus. He also notes that he is happy to see the board support the students not only academically, but also in other aspects of their lives.

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