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House passes bill banning smoking on Illinois college campuses

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Smoking could soon be a thing of the past on Illinois public college campuses. The legislation prohibiting smoking on the campuses of Illinois public universities has passed the House.

State Democratic Senator Terry Link of Waukegan and Democratic state Representative Ann Williams of Chicago sponsored the "Smoke Free Campus Act." Yesterday it passed the chamber by a 67-44 vote.

The legislation bans smoking in offices, dorms and outdoor areas at colleges and universities but smoking inside of vehicles on campus is not included in the ban.

Supporters of the law say it is a step in the right direction for public health, but those opposing the law say it will not help smokers to quit. The measure will not head to the Senate.

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