Smoke-Free NIU

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In accordance with the Smoke-Free Campus Act, which prohibits smoking on all Illinois state-supported higher education institutions including public university and community college campuses, NIU is smoke-free, effective July 1, 2015.

A smoke-free campus can make an enormous impact on the life-long health of students, faculty, and staff that live, learn, and work at NIU. Experience shows that 100 percent smoke-free policies effectively reduce tobacco use by preventing initiation and making it easier for smokers to quit. Smoke-free college campus policies specifically decrease smoking rates and positive attitudes toward tobacco use.

Smoke-Free NIU Map (PDF)


Smoking On Illinois Public University Campuses Prohibited Starting July 1
June 30, 2015

NIU to be smoke free July 1
June 22, 2015

Local colleges prepare for July 1 smoking ban
June 11, 2015

NIU announces smoke-free policy
May 1, 2015

NIU smoke-free plan allows no exceptions
April 1, 2015

How Students Feel About the Smoke-Free Campus Act
March 31, 2015

Northern Illinois University to draft policy for smoke-free campus
March 30, 2015

NIU Task Force, Students Discuss Smoke-Free Campus Policy
March 26, 2015

NIU smoke-free plan allows no exceptions
March 25, 2015

Smoke-Free NIU Community Conversation March 25
March 17, 2015

Smoke-Free NIU Community Conversation set for March 9
March 4, 2015

NIU should abide by law, not further restrict student smokers
March 4, 2015

Smoke-Free Campus Act at NIU focus of community meeting
March 4, 2015

Smoke-Free Campus Task Force seeks input
February 28, 2015

Ashtrays need to stay at NIU until start of Smoke-Free Campus Act
February 25, 2015

Smoke-Free Campus Task Force asks for input at 'community conversations'
February 16, 2015

Smoke-Free Campus Task Force seeks input
February 5, 2015

Put this in your pipe, but don't smoke it
January 29, 2015

Smoke-free campus task force proposes policy to end tobacco use at NIU
January 22, 2015

1.5 million reasons to quit smoking
January 20, 2015

DeKalb tobacco sales rule already has exception
January 14, 2015

Resources available to quit smoking
December 8, 2014

Pass/Fail: NIU offers help for going smoke-free
November 16, 2014 

Task force to help NIU be smoke-free by July
November 14, 2014 

NIU Smoke-Free Campus Community Task Force meets for first time
November 7, 2014 

Board grants authority to create Smoke-Free Campus task force
September 18, 2014 

NIU, state universities to become smoke-free in 2015
August 18, 2014