Tobacco Free Policy

For Heartland Community College, "Tobacco Free" means HCC will be completely free from use of all tobacco products including any cigarettes, cigars, pipes, beedies, clove cigarettes and any other smoking product that appears to be a cigarette or electronic cigarette.  This policy includes smokeless tobacco, dip, chew, snuff, snus, and any other non-FDA approved nicotine delivery device or product.

Tobacco use is prohibited in all facilities and vehicles owned or leased by Heartland Community College and is prohibited on all College property.  This policy does not extend to personal motor vehicles.   All tobacco products in use must be properly disposed of prior to entering any College property or exiting a personal vehicle.  Littering the remains of tobacco products or any other related waste product on College property is further prohibited.

Background

Heartland Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for both working and learning.  A 2006 Surgeon General’s report determined there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke and the National Cancer Institute estimates at least 65,000 deaths per year are directly linked to the exposure of secondhand smoke.  We recognize individuals who are of age can use tobacco products on their own accord.  However, out of respect for others and the environment and in compliance with the Smoke Free Campus Act (110 ILCS 64), the College believes this policy is in the best interest of all individuals who are part of the College community.