Reminder: NIU is a smoke-free campus

smoke_free_sign_webIn compliance with the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act, Northern Illinois University will became smoke-free July 1, joining more than 700 colleges and universities nationwide with smoke- and/or tobacco-free policies.

With the enactment of the new law, smoking will be prohibited on all campus property, defined as property that is owned, leased, occupied or otherwise controlled by NIU, both indoors and outdoors and in university-owned vehicles. In accordance with the law, smoking will be allowed in privately owned vehicles when traveling through campus.  Smoking will be allowed in privately owned vehicles parked in unenclosed lots on campus.

With the enactment of the new law, smoking is prohibited on all campus property, defined as property that is owned, leased, occupied or otherwise controlled by NIU, both indoors and outdoors and in university-owned vehicles. In accordance with the law, smoking will be allowed in privately owned vehicles when traveling through campus. Smoking will be allowed in privately owned vehicles parked in unenclosed lots on campus.

The Smoke-Free Campus policy applies to all individuals, including but not limited to students, faculty, staff, other employees, contractors, subcontractors, vendors, volunteers, visitors, guests, and members of the public. The policy is applicable 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although no one is being asked to quit smoking, compliance with the law is expected.

Signs have been posted throughout campus, and each building has been marked with appropriate messaging.

Additional information on NIU’s smoke-free policy, as well as cessation resources and frequently asked questions, are available on the Smoke-Free NIU website, niu.edu/smokefree.

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