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Smoking Cessation

Tobacco sales in Illinois will soon be off-limits to anyone younger than 21 under a law signed Sunday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Johnny Cather, TSPR

22-year-old Christian Justus was once a heavy user of tobacco. For almost a decade he smoked 2 packs a day, chewed tobacco, and also smoked hookah. Justus kicked his habit over a year ago and said he experienced drastic improvements to his health.

WIU Aims to Align with State Smoking Ban

Apr 20, 2015
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All public colleges in Illinois are required to be smoke free by July 1 so Western Illinois University assembled a 20 person task force to update its smoking policy.  Smoking is currently prohibited inside buildings and within 50 feet of entrances at WIU.

Twenty-seven people are out of a job at Illinois' Tobacco Quitline, which means there's no one left to answer the phone.

For the past 15 years, Illinois smokers could dial 1-866-QUIT-YES, and a tobacco treatment counselor or nurse would answer. Try calling now, and there's a message saying: "Your call is important to us. Unfortunately, Quitline funding has been suspended due to budget cuts and we will be closed until further notice."

New Law to Ban Smoking on Illinois College Campuses

Aug 22, 2014
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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill to prohibit smoking on state-supported college or university campuses in the state. 

Lee County Adopts No Tobacco Policy

Dec 20, 2012

The Lee County Board of Supervisors has added “No Tobacco” language to its personnel policy.