Tobacco Policy (100.15) / Smoke-free, Tobacco-free, Vapor-free
Starting July 1, 2015, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, in accordance with the Illinois Clean Indoor Air Act and the Illinois Smoke Free Campus Act, prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products. Use of tobacco products is prohibited in any District 529 facility that is open and available to the general public. Use of tobacco products is prohibited in any vehicle owned or leased by District 529. As of July 1, 2015, smoking is prohibited on all IECC property, both indoors and outdoors, and in District owned vehicles. Littering the remains of tobacco products or any other related tobacco waste product on District property is further prohibited.
“Smoking” means (1) lighting or burning any type of matter or substance that contains tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, beedies, kreteks, water pipes, bongs, and hookahs; (2) lighting or burning of non-tobacco plants or marijuana; and (3) using electronic cigarettes.
“Tobacco Products” means all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, beedies, kreteks, water pipes, bongs, hookahs, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, or any other similar tobacco product, electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes, electronic vaporizing devices, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, or any electronic inhaler that is meant to simulate and substitute for tobacco smoking.
“IECC Property” means any property owned, leased, occupied, operated or otherwise controlled by Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, including but not limited to academic and auxiliary buildings, entrances to buildings, classrooms, laboratories, residence halls, elevators, stairwells, restrooms, roofs, meeting rooms, hallways, lobbies, conference facilities, athletic complexes, exterior open spaces, lots, driveways, loading docks, sidewalks, and walkways, and as further set forth on the Tobacco-Free Campus Map for each college.
Exception: This policy does not apply to persons in non-college-owned or leased vehicles while passing through campus.
The Board of Trustees of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges recognizes the importance of providing a healthy environment for students and staff in compliance with the Illinois Clean Indoor Air Act.
Use of tobacco products is prohibited in any IECC District 529 facility that is open and available to the general public. Use of tobacco products is prohibited in any vehicle owned or leased by IECC District 529. The prohibition on use of tobacco products shall include the prohibition on the use of electronic cigarettes or ecigarettes, electronic vaporizing devices, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, or any electronic inhaler that is meant to stimulate and substitute for tobacco smoking.
Colleges shall make reasonable efforts to prevent use of tobacco products in public places outside established smoking areas by posting signs or by appropriate warnings in catalogs and schedules.
Students, staff, contractors, and visitors to the college are subject to compliance with this policy. Persons who purposely violate this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary actions.