As part of an effort to promote healthy lifestyles among students, faculty and staff, the City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees passed a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy, becoming the largest higher education institution in Chicago to do so. The policy, which will take effect March 1, 2012, prohibits tobacco use (including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products) on all college property, impacting more than 120,000 students and 5,800 faculty and staff as well as visitors.
The policy will cover City Colleges’ seven colleges, seven satellite locations and the district office. City Colleges is offering “Courage to Quit” smoking cessation classes and other resources to assist students, faculty and staff at each college who want to quit smoking or stop using other tobacco products. These resources will be available at new college Wellness Centers.
“As we reinvent our institution to ensure students are prepared to compete for the jobs of the future, we must also provide a learning environment that protects their future health and well-being. The tobacco-free policy helps create a college environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle among our faculty, staff and students, and benefits the entire City Colleges community,” said Chancellor Hyman.
The tobacco-free policy is just the first component in City Colleges’ overall Healthy Campus initiative, which will also include healthy and affordable food choices, zero tolerance for violence/bullying, green initiatives and other healthy activities.