All JJC Locations Going Smoke Free July 1

Effective July 1, 2015, Joliet Junior College, along with all state-supported institutions of higher education, will become a smoke-free campus following the Illinois Smoke Free Campus Act which was signed into law last year.

The only permitted exception for smoking on campus is in non-college owned vehicles that are traveling through or parked on campus. Smoking will no longer be permitted in the currently designated smoking areas.

This policy covers all six campuses and extension centers: Main Campus, City Center Campus, Romeoville Campus, Morris Education Center, Frankfort Education Center, and the Weitendorf Education Center.

The Board of Trustees recently approved a board policy (11.07) that parallels the Smoke Free Campus Act and additionally prohibits the use of any tobacco product including smokeless or chewing tobacco.

In the policy, smoking prohibition includes carrying, smoking, burning, inhaling or exhaling any kind of a lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, hookah, weed, herbs, or other lighted smoking equipment. Also prohibited are e-cigarettes or vapor cigarettes. Violations of the Act or board policy may be enforced by issuance of citations carrying up to a $250 fine, use of the employee disciplinary process or through the Student Code of Conduct.

Maps showing the smoke-free perimeter around each campus can be found here.

For questions, please contact Chief of Police Pete Comanda at pcomanda@jjc.edu.

For assistance with smoking cessation, there are many options available:

National Quitline: 1-800-QUIT NOW (1800-784-8669)

Illinois Tobacco Quitline: http://quityes.org/

SmokefreeTXT: http://smokefree.gov/smokefreetxt

Tobacco Rehab Centers: http://www.projectknow.com/research/tobacco/

 

 

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