A commitment to environmental sustainability, health and wellness has motivated a new, campus-wide smoke- and tobacco-free policy that began December 1, 2015. The College has joined more than 1,000 other smoke- and tobacco-free campuses nationwide.
The State of Illinois passed a Smoke-Free Campus Act requiring all public colleges to be smoke-free by July 1, 2015. Backed by student surveys and research conducted by the College’s Student Governing Association, North Central is supporting this trend in higher education as a private institution.
The policy includes any smoke-producing tobacco products, smokeless tobacco products and e-cigarettes. It also covers all areas of the College campus, including owned and leased buildings and grounds.
North Central’s smoke- and tobacco-free policy supports the College as a sustainable and healthy campus. “I think the smoke- and tobacco-free policy makes a statement about the College’s commitment to the health and well-being of our students, staff, faculty and guests,” says Jeremy Gudauskas, associate dean of students. “It also says we’re serious about having an environmentally friendly and sustainable campus and are responsive to the desires and requests of our student-leaders and student body.”
Adds Brittany Graham, sustainability coordinator: “Cigarette butts are the No. 1 item littered around campus and across the United States. They may be carried as runoff when it rains, eventually getting to rivers, lakes and ultimately the oceans.”