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Bill to ban smoking on Illinois campuses advances

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A measure that would ban smoking on Illinois' public college campuses has passed out of a House committee.

Senate Bill 2202, sponsored by Chicago Democrat State Rep. Ann William, passed out of committee Wednesday with a nine to three vote. It passed the Illinois Senate last year.

If approved, smoking would be banned on all properties that belong to state-supported colleges and universities, starting on July 1. William says the ban is meant to reduce students' exposure to secondhand smoke.

Some state schools are ahead of the bill, for example, Illinois State University and the University of Illinois both have bans.

The measure will now head to the full House for debate.

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