Rend Lake College campuses are smoke-free as of July 1, 2015.
The Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act, signed in 2014 by former Gov. Pat Quinn, does not allow smoking on any public college or university campus, whether that is indoors, outdoors, or in parking lots. Staff, students, and visitors are prohibited from carrying, smoking, burning, inhaling, or exhaling any kind of cigarette, cigar, e-cigarette, or other smoking equipment. The one exception is for those who wish to smoke inside a privately owned vehicle.
It is the policy of Rend Lake College to adhere to, and enforce, the Smoke Free Illinois Act and the Smoke-Free Campus Act. Specifically, no person shall carry, smoke, burn, inhale, or exhale any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, e-cigarette or any other lighted smoking equipment. This policy extends to all buildings, grounds, parking lots, and vehicles which are owned and operated by the College. No person may smoke in any vehicle owned by the College.
The College may further designate enclosed areas of a public place or place of employment, including outdoor areas, where smoking is also prohibited.
The College will communicate its policy to all students, staff and visitors by posting at every entrance to buildings, to College grounds, on parking lots, and within vehicles a conspicuous sign clearly stating that smoking is prohibited. In addition, the college will create and post upon its website a smoke-free campus map indicating the locations where smoking is prohibited.
Because I know smoking is the #1 cause of preventable death in the United States;
Because I know that smoking kills more people every year than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, fires, drugs, murders, and suicides combined;
Because I know the Tobacco Industry spends over 12.5 billion dollars a year, on advertising to encourage young people to begin a lifelong addiction to smoking before they are old enough to fully understand its long-term health risk;
Because I know 90% of smokers begin before 18 years of age;
Because I know cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer;
I AM SAYING NO TO TOBACCO!
I, ________________________, do hereby pledge that I will lead a smoke-free life and pledge not to use tobacco products.