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Smoke-Free at CLC

Tobacco-Free at CLC

CLC Tobacco-Free Policy

In August 2014, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act, which prohibits smoking on any state-supported institution of higher education, including community colleges.

Responding to the new law and proposals that have emerged on campus over recent years, the CLC’s board of trustees approved a smoke-free free policy in September 2014, which was revised in January 2015.

To allow the college to become a leader in the effort to promote a healthier campus environment, the trustees approved a policy that goes into effect earlier than required by law. As part of their action, the trustees asked the college to support those who wish to quit by offering resources such as quit kits and smoking cessation programs during the Spring Semester 2015.

Our tobacco-free policy applies to the Grayslake, Southlake and Lakeshore campuses, and it includes everyone coming on our campuses-- faculty, staff, visitors, volunteers, contractors, service representatives and anyone else.

The CLC tobacco-free policy prohibits the use of tobacco cigarettes and any nicotine delivery device, including e-cigarettes, that are not FDA approved for cessation purposes.

As the policy goes into effect, violators will receive a friendly reminder, along with cessation information. Repeat or problem violations will be handled through the Student Development Office or the employee’s department.

CLC’s no-tobacco policy is not a “no-smoker” policy.

While the use of tobacco is a personal choice, the health hazards related to smoking and exposure to second- and third-hand smoke are well-documented. These hazards can affect not only the smoker, but also the nonsmoker who is exposed to the smoke.

Why Is CLC Going Tobacco-Free?

To Protect Our Health— Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and in Illinois. Each year, about 440,000 die in the U.S. from tobacco-related causes, 18,300 of them in Illinois alone. Based on current rates, it is projected that nationwide more than one million current college students will die from tobacco use.

To Promote Student Success— Helping students become tobacco-free may improve their job prospects in a highly competitive employment market. More employers are passing tobacco-free hiring policies.

To Lower Institutional Costs— Becoming a tobacco-free campus can save CLC and taxpayers money through lowered tobacco-related health costs and insurance claims, decreased risk of fire damage and increased productivity. Many campuses that become smoke-free also report a decrease in litter and the associated clean-up costs.

To Support CLC’s Sustainability Initiative— A tobacco-free environment contains less pollution.

To Comply with the Law— Illinois campuses will be required to be smoke-free starting July 1, 2015. CLC is going tobacco-free earlier than required to help those who wish to quit by offering resources, “quit” kits and smoking cessation programs.

Secondhand Smoke Facts

Secondhand Smoke Facts

Tobacco use is a legal product for adults. However, the State of Illinois has passed a law, and CLC has passed a policy banning it on our campuses for the purpose of reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, decreasing litter, and increasing wellness at CLC.

  • Secondhand smoke kills 53,000 non-smoking Americans every year.
  • Secondhand smoke contains more than 43 cancer-causing agents and many other toxins, including formaldehyde, cyanide, carbon monoxide and arsenic.
  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes heart disease and lung cancer in adults and respiratory problems in children.
  • There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure; even brief exposure adversely affects the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Secondhand smoke can trigger immediate health effects for people with asthma, allergies, COPD or other medical conditions.

Are You a Smoker that Wants to Quit?

If You Want to Quit, We Want to Help You

There are many cessation resources to use right now:

  • CLC Tobacco Cessation Services
  • 1-800-QUIT NOW: for tailored one-on-one coaching
  • The American Lung Association HelpLine: 1-800-LUNGUSA or 1-800-586-4872 to speak to someone directly, or visit online at
  • Tobacco Free Lake County (Lake County Health Department): 847-377-8090,
  • Illinois Tobacco Quitline (ITQL): 1 (866) 784-8937
  • QuitOnce Smoking Cessation:
  • free, online program with personalized quit plans and support from smokers and ex-smokers
  • National Cancer Institute, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services—offers free services with text messaging program and ways to show support for friends and family who are trying to quit
  • Tips from Former Smokers: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, includes stories from people who quit successfully

Benefits of Quitting

Benefits of Quitting

Within 24 hours:

  • Your chance of a heart attack decreases
  • Carbon monoxide levels decrease rapidly

After 48 hours:

  • Your sense of taste and smell sharpen
  • Your breath, hair, fingers and teeth will be cleaner

After one week:

  • Your major withdrawal symptoms improve
  • You’ll have about $50 more in your pocket!

After one month:

  • Lung capacity increases
  • Nicotine is cleared from your system
  • You are $200 richer!