In accordance with the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act, smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited on campus or any property owned or operated by the College, including parking lots and roadways, except in personal vehicles. This website provides additional information about the College’s Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus, efforts to inform our College community and resources available for assistance.
If you see people smoking or using tobacco anywhere on campus other than in personal vehicles, presume that they don’t know the policy and kindly let them know that Lake Land College is smoke and tobacco-free. Please be calm and friendly and don’t confront others in an accusatory way. If someone responds negatively to your assistance, simply walk away.
If you have tried letting other people know and they continue to smoke on campus, you can report the information to the Lake Land College Police Department non-emergency number at 217-234-5066.
Lake Land College is concerned with providing a healthy and productive work environment for its employees and students. Smoking and the use of tobacco products or cannabis is prohibited on any property owned or operated by the College and in College vehicles. (See Board Policy 09.09 Smoking and the Use of Tobacco Products.)
Failure to comply may result in a fine per state guidelines *as posted on the Lake Land College Police Department website. The College may refer students who violate this policy for disciplinary procedures, and College employees may be subject to discipline up to and including discharge pursuant to the policies and procedures applicable to their employment.
State law* provides an exception to this policy allowing use of tobacco products in personal vehicles located more than 15 feet from any building entrance. This exception does not apply to the use of cannabis per Illinois Public Act 101-0027 – Cannabis Regulation Tax Act. Additionally, the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 prohibits the possession of cannabis on College property.
Smoke or smoking means the carrying, smoking, burning, inhaling, or exhaling of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, hookah, weed, herbs, cannabis, water pipes, bongs, or other lighted smoking equipment, including products containing or delivering tobacco, nicotine, or cannabis. This includes using electronic cigarettes.
Tobacco products shall mean cigarette, cigar, pipe or tobacco in any form, including smokeless tobacco, which is any loose, cut, shredded, ground, powdered, compressed or leaf tobacco that is intended to be placed in the mouth without being smoked.
*Smoke-Free Illinois Act (PA 95-17)
*Smoke-Free Campus Act (PA 98-985)
The College policy complies with Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act, which was signed into law in August 2014 prohibiting smoking on the campuses of all state-supported institutions of higher education beginning July 1, 2015.
A link on the College’s homepage informs visitors and this website provides additional information about our smoke and tobacco-free campus. There are also signs along roadways on campus and on the entrances to each of the campus buildings.
Yes. College policy prohibits both the use of e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco while on College property, except in personal vehicles.
Yes. Smoking or using tobacco products in a personal vehicle is not a violation of this policy as long as it does not impact others. Cigarette butts and chewing tobacco must be disposed of properly and not littered on College property.
Failure to comply with the smoke and tobacco-free policy may result in a fine from the Lake Land College Police Department and/or removal from campus. The amount of the fine will be noted on the College Police Department website. Student violators may also be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the College’s Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.
Lake Land College Health Services
Provides general information and connections to community resources. Also provides the American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking seven week group clinic smoke cessation program.
For more information, please call 217-234-5276.
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center – Center for Healthy Living
Services include consultation with a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, development of a personalized treatment plan and six weekly group cessation meetings.
For more information, please call 217-238-4691.
American Cancer Society
Toll-free hotline: 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)
Online Quitting Smoking guide that is also available for download.
American Lung Association
Toll-free hotline: 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)
Freedom From Smoking program that teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help smokers quit. Freedom from Smoking is available as a group clinic, an online program and a self-help book.
CDC Center of Disease Prevention
Online tips from former smokers.
National Cancer Institute
Toll-free smoking quitline: 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)
National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines
Toll free hotline: 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669)
Telephone-based tobacco cessation services that help tobacco users quit.
Interactive website for those wishing to quit smoking or chewing tobacco that includes support for preparing to quit, quit plans and live chat with quit coaches.