Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus


The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign recognizes its responsibility to serve as a leader in promoting a healthy, smoke- and tobacco-free environment for all students, employees, and visitors to its campus. In light of the increasing weight of scientific evidence of the harm created by tobacco use, the campus shall be entirely tobacco and smoke free. The purpose of this policy is to promote the health, well-being, and safety of students, employees, and visitors at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and to implement the Smoke-Free Campus Act (110 ILCS 64), the Smoke Free Illinois Act (410 ILCS 82), and to promote the goals of the Litter Control Act (415 ILCS 105).


This policy applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all individuals on Campus Property, including but not limited to students,  employees, volunteers, visitors, and contractors.


The Office of the Chancellor is responsible for this policy.


Smoking and the use of all non-combustible tobacco products and non-FDA approved nicotine delivery devices and products is prohibited on all campus property, both indoors and outdoors, and in university-owned vehicles and in privately owned vehicles parked on campus property. The advertising, sale, and free sampling of tobacco products and non-FDA approved nicotine delivery devices and products are prohibited on campus property. Littering the remains of tobacco and non-FDA approved nicotine delivery devices or products or any other related waste products on campus property are prohibited. No individual subject to this policy may discriminate or retaliate in any manner against any person who makes a complaint of a violation of this policy or who provides information concerning a violation of this policy to any person or governing authority.


“Campus property” means all property owned, leased, occupied, operated or otherwise controlled by the University of Illinois, including but not limited to academic and auxiliary buildings, classrooms, laboratories, residences, residence halls, elevators, stairwells, restrooms, roofs, meeting rooms, hallways, lobbies and other common areas, hotel rooms and conference facilities, grounds, athletic complexes and facilities, exterior open spaces, shuttle buses, shuttle bus stops, parking garages and lots, driveways, loading docks, streets, sidewalks and walkways, and as set forth on the Smoke-Free Campus map. “Campus property” does not include enclosed laboratories, not open to the public, where the activity of smoking is exclusively conducted for the purpose of medical or scientific, health-related research, and the appropriate campus research oversight body has approved the inclusion of smoking in the research program. The Smoke-Free Campus Map is available at

“Non FDA-approved nicotine delivery devices and products” means any product or device containing or delivering nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person in any manner for the purpose of inhaling vapor or aerosol from the product. The term includes any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, e-hookah, or vape pen, or under any other product name or descriptor.

 “Smoke” or “smoking” means the carrying, smoking, burning, inhaling, or exhaling of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, cigarillos, hookah, beedies, kreteks, weed, herbs, electronic cigarettes, water pipes, bongs, cannabis or other lighted smoking equipment. “Smoke” or “smoking” also includes products containing or delivering nicotine intended or expected for human consumption, or any part of such a product that is not a tobacco product as defined by Section 321(rr) of Title 21 of the United States Code, unless it has been approved or otherwise certified for legal sale by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for tobacco use cessation or other medical purposes and is being marketed and sold solely for that approved purpose. “Smoke” or “Smoking” does not include smoking that is associated with a native recognized religious ceremony, ritual, or activity by American Indians that is in accordance with the federal American Indian Religious Freedom Act, Sections 1996 and 1996a of Title 42 of the United States Code.

“Tobacco products” means any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis, blunts, clove cigarettes, snus, strips, or any other preparation of tobacco; and any product or formulation of matter containing biologically active amounts of nicotine that is manufactured, sold, offered for sale, or otherwise distributed with the expectation that the product or matter will be introduced into the human body by inhalation. The term “tobacco products” does not include any cessation product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in treating nicotine or tobacco dependence.


  1. The campus shall post notices bearing the message: “Smoke and Tobacco-Free Campus” or the international “No Tobacco” symbol or similar signage at critical areas across the campus, such as at building entrances; however, this policy applies to all Campus Property whether or not such notices are posted.
  2. Organizers of and attendees at all events held on campus property, including but not limited to conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, cultural events, sporting events, and non-university events must abide by this policy. Event organizers are responsible for informing attendees of this policy.
  3. The effectiveness of this policy relies on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of everyone. Members of the campus community who see individuals using tobacco on campus property may respectfully inform these individuals of the prohibition on smoking and tobacco use on campus and request that the individuals comply with this policy. To report non-compliant individuals to the University of Illinois Police Department, please call (217) 333-8911.
  4. Campus leaders, managers, supervisors, and facilities managers are expected to educate people regarding this policy and to promote compliance in their areas of responsibility and on the larger campus.
  5. Violators of this policy are subject to citations and fines. See the Smoke-Free Campus website at for more information.




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