Currently, Lake Land College prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products on campus or on any property owned or operated by the College with the exception of parking lots and roadways. Effective July 1, 2015, in accordance with the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act, smoking and the use of tobacco products will be 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.
Board Policy 09.09 – Smoking and the Use of Tobacco Products
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 shall be prohibited on any property owned or operated by the College and in College vehicles.
Failure to comply may result in a fine per state guidelines as posted on the Lake Land College Police Department website.
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.
Smoking shall mean lighting or burning any type of material or 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.
New students and campus visitors may not be aware of our smoke and tobacco-free campus. We all share the responsibility of letting others know. The more we educate others, the fewer concerns there will be.
A link on the College’s homepage informs visitors and this website provides additional information about our smoke and tobacco-free campus. We also have signs along roadways on campus and on the entrances to each of the campus buildings. We will be posting information on the Laker Hub and sharing information at campus events to help inform students and campus visitors.
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 others know about our smoke and tobacco-free campus and they continue a pattern of smoking or using tobacco, or you see individuals routinely smoking in certain areas of campus, you can report the information to the Lake Land College Police Department non-emergency number (217-234-5066) so they can monitor the areas.
The Lake Land Student Government Association (SGA) led an initiative during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years to gather student input regarding college smoking policies. The SGA reviewed smoking policies at other colleges and conducted a survey and focus groups in which more than 900 Lake Land College students participated. At the end of their work, SGA recommended that the College become a smoke and tobacco-free campus except for parking lots and roadways. The SGA recommendation was approved by the College Board of Trustees and became effective at the beginning of the Fall 2014 semseter.
The Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act was then signed into law in August 2014 prohibiting smoking on the campuses of all state-supported institutions of higher education beginning July 1, 2015. The College has now updated their policy to comply with both the Smoke-Free Campus Act and the Smoke-Free Illinois Act.
The new policy prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products on any property owned or operated by Lake Land College. No longer will smoking or use of tobacco products be allowed in parking lots or roadways. On any of the College campuses, smoking is allowed only in personal vehicles located more than 15 feet from an entrance.
No. The College policy does not require people to quit smoking. It requires them to refrain from smoking or using tobacco products when they are on any of the College’s campuses.
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.
We all share the responsibility of enforcing the policy by letting others know about our smoke and tobacco-free campus. If you see others smoking or using tobacco anywhere on campus other than in personal vehicles, please kindly let them know that Lake Land College is smoke and tobacco-free.
If you have tried letting other people know and they continue a pattern of smoking on campus, or you see individuals routinely smoking in a certain area of campus, you can report the information to the Lake Land College Police Department non-emergency number (217-234-5066) so they can monitor the area.
Beginning July 1, failure to comply with the smoke and tobacco-free policy may result in a fine from the Lake Land College Police Department. 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. Visitors will be asked to refrain from smoking or using tobacco products, and if they fail to comply, may be asked to leave the campus.
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 email Sharon Uphoff, College Nurse, or 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. A “Staying Tobacco Free Support Group” meets the first Wednesday evening of every month.
For more information, please email Noel Cooper, RN, CTTS, Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, or call 217-348-4691 or 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 helpa 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.