Northern Illinois University will become smoke-free on Wednesday, July 1, joining more than 700 colleges and universities nationwide with smoke- and/or tobacco-free policies. Here's where you will be able to smoke at NIU.


With the enactment of the new law, smoking will be prohibited on all campus property according to Northern Illinois University. All property that is owned, leased, occupied or otherwise controlled by NIU, both indoors and outdoors and in university-owned vehicles.


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In accordance with the law, smoking will be allowed in privately owned vehicles when traveling through campus. Smoking will be allowed in privately owned vehicles parked in unenclosed lots on campus.

Signs have been posted, and each building is being marked with appropriate messaging. Ash urns are already being removed from less-traveled parts of campus and additional urns will begin to be removed on July 1 until all urns are removed.

The campus has been preparing students and faculty about the July 1 deadline since the last school year.