State act declares smoke-free campus

Spring 2015 semester introduced students and staff to the expectation of a smoke-free and tobacco free campus. This took effect over the summer on July 1, 2015. While this was not well received by many students, it is a law that must be enforced.

Keep in mind that this law was not at the hands of Black Hawk College, its president, board members, trustees or student leaders. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 2202, the Smoke-free Campus Act, in August, 2014. Now it is up to all state-supported colleges to put necessary measures in place aiding students with this transition.

The BHC website has detailed information regarding prohibited smoke and tobacco products, as well as a map of areas designated to be smoke-free. Basically, any smoke or tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, are prohibited. Smoking cessation products approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) such as nicotine gum and patches, however, will be allowed.

A free app is linked to the Smoke-Free webpage for students who wish to quit smoking altogether. Students who choose this option will find free online and phone support.

Student comments will be printed in the next issue. If you would like your voice to be heard regarding this or any other issue at Black Hawk College, Speak Out!