Chicago City Colleges Approve Tobacco Ban

The new policy banning tobacco use on college property begins March 1

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    Smoking on Chicago City College campuses is a thing of the past beginning March 1.

    The Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a tobacco-free campus policy that prohibits use of all tobacco products, from cigarettes to smokeless tobacco, on college property including outdoor areas.

    The move is part of the Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project to curb smoking. City Colleges of Chicago representatives say college students smoke more than the general population, and tobacco-free policies make it easier for people who want to quit to be successful.

    Joel Africk, president and CEO at Respiratory Health Association, said studies have shown that tobacco-free policies make it easier for people who want to quit smoking to be successful and decrease the likelihood that others will start.

    “This is especially true when an institution offers group classes or other free resources to help people quit smoking,” Africk said.