The Illinois General Assembly enacted and the Governor approved Public Act 098-0985, the Smoke Free Campus Act (the Act), which abolishes smoking on all campuses of public institutions of higher education, statewide, including all Northeastern Illinois University locations. This policy incorporates and adopts the requirements of the Act and further prohibits smoking in other areas established by this policy.

As of July 1, 2015, smoking is prohibited on all property at all Northeastern Illinois University (“University") locations, to include all areas, both indoors and outdoors, in University-owned vehicles and in privately owned vehicles while parked on University property. The advertising, sale, or free sampling of tobacco products prohibited in the Act is also prohibited on University property. Littering the remains of smoking products or any other related waste product on University property is further prohibited.