COD takes very seriously the health and safety of its employees, students and campus visitors. Research continues to show that the use of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and tobacco use in general, including secondhand smoke, constitutes a significant health risk. The U.S. Surgeon General has determined that the health effects of secondhand smoke are even more pervasive than previously thought. In addition to the health related illnesses, the use of tobacco products contributes to the institutional costs in other ways such as cleaning and maintenance costs, fire damage and costs associated with absenteeism, health care and medical insurance costs. For these reasons, College of DuPage went tobacco free as of August 6, 2012.
The College has received many complaints about the designated smoking rule from students, employees and community members who have to walk through those areas in order to enter the building. Those employees who suffer from respiratory illnesses or who are otherwise adversely affected by walking through these smoky areas have been complaining about their increased health risks. In addition, according to the World Health Organization, there is no safe level of secondhand smoke and the only effective way to protect others is to establish 100% smoke free environments.
Tobacco Free means that College of DuPage prohibits the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes on College of DuPage campus and satellite campuses. In addition to all buildings, it applies to all outside property and grounds and College owned vehicles.
According a list compiled by Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights, as of July 1, 2015, there are at least 1,577 completely smoke-free college and university campuses nationwide. Of these, 1,079 are 100 percent tobacco-free and 710 prohibit the use of e-cigarettes anywhere on campus.
No. Surveys consistently show that most students would prefer to attend a tobacco-free college. There is no evidence that enrollment has declined at any of the institutions that have adopted a tobacco-free policy.