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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.

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.

Why is CLC Vape-Free?

  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a statement saying that the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm the developing brain, which continues into the early to mid-20s.
  • E-cigarettes can contain the following substances:
    • Nicotine
    • Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
    • Flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease
    • Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s)
    • Cancer-causing chemicals
    • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead
  • Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.
  • Long-term damage to the lungs can be caused by some of the ingredients in e-cigarette aerosol.
  • Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused some fires and explosions, a few of which have resulted in serious injuries.
  • Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes. Nationally, approximately 50% of calls to poison control centers for e-cigarettes are for kids 5 years of age or younger.
  • The aerosol that users inhale and exhale from e-cigarettes can expose both themselves and bystanders to harmful substances.

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
  • 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!