Drug, Tobacco, Smoke and Vape-Free at CLC

CLC Tobacco, Smoke, and Vape-Free Policy

In order to promote a healthy atmosphere for the College of Lake County, support environmental sustainability efforts, decrease maintenance costs, and comply with federal and state smoke free campus laws, the College is tobacco, smoke and vape-free.

This policy applies to all campuses; Grayslake, Southlake and Lakeshore campuses, and it includes everyone coming on our campuses—faculty, staff, students, employees, contractors, visitors, guests and anyone else.

Why is CLC 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

The Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, and the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act (110 ILCS 64) all require a tobacco-free campus and workplace.

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