Smoking restrictions on other campuses

Smoking restrictions on other campuses

The University of Illinois will be the third Big Ten school to go 100 percent smoke-free, indoors and out. Others in the Big Ten have partial bans, and some ban all forms of tobacco:


Smoke-free as of Jan. 1, 2014; no smoking (or e-cigarettes) allowed inside or outdoors on campus property, including private vehicles.


Smoke-free by state law.




Tobacco-free, but provost can make exceptions for use of tobacco products outdoors near conference center and student residence halls.


Smoking banned on campus but not in private vehicles or 21 designated outdoor smoking areas.

Ohio State

Tobacco-free as of Jan. 1, 2012, except for some campus retail locations, theatrical productions, Native American ceremonies, Nationwide Arena and designated outdoor areas at the Schottenstein Center.


Smoking banned indoors and within 25 feet of building entrances, with some exceptions. Considering policy to forbid all tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, indoors or outdoors by fall 2014, except for Native American ceremonies, theater performances, research studies and private vehicles.

Penn State

Smoking banned indoors and near buildings outdoors. Also prohibited inside Beaver Stadium.


Smoking banned indoors and within 25 feet of building entrances. Also prohibited inside Ryan Field.

Michigan State

Smoking banned indoors except in designated private residences or hotel rooms; also banned outdoors near building entrances. Cigarettes and tobacco products cannot be sold on university grounds.


Smoking banned indoors and within 25 feet of building entrances, unless otherwise designated. Some hotel rooms and university apartment can be designated smoking areas.


Tobacco products banned indoors and within 10 feet of building entrances.

Illinois schools

Illinois public universities comply with a 2008 state law that bans smoking inside public buildings (including stadiums and theaters), university vehicles or outdoors within 15 feet of building entrances. Some schools have more stringent policies. Here's a look:

University of Illinois-Chicago: Tobacco free since summer 2013.

University of Illinois-Springfield: Task force exploring whether to expand current policy, which allows smoking outdoors as limited by state law.

Parkland College: Considering extension of state smoking ban to cover sidewalks and pathways.

Danville Area Community College: Smoke-free since 2011.

Illinois State University: Smoking also banned in high-traffic outdoor areas such as the Quad, though still allowed in designated smoking areas around some buildings.

Eastern Illinois University: Same as state law.

Northern Illinois University: Same as state law.

Western Illinois University: No smoking within 25 feet of building entrances.

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale: Same as state law.

A 2008 state law already bans smoking in virtually all indoor public places and workplaces, as well as 15 feet from building entrances, exits or ventilation intakes of buildings. It applies to state property, bars, restaurants, casinos, offices, retail stores, common areas of hotels and apartment buildings, public transportation, auditoriums, arenas, health care facilities, day care centers, and college residence halls.

Exceptions to the law:

— Retail tobacco stores that get more than 80 percent of their revenue from the sale of tobacco products and do not have a liquor, food or restaurant license.

— Private and semi-private rooms in nursing homes or long-term care facilities occupied by one or more persons, all of whom smoke and have requested to be placed in a room where smoking is permitted.

— Up to 25 percent of hotel or motel rooms, provided they are on the same floor, contiguous and smoke from these rooms does not infiltrate into nonsmoking rooms.

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Sources: University of Illinois, Big Ten universities, American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, Illinois public universities, Illinois Department of Public Health


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