Illinois’ public colleges and universities could be forced to stamp out smoking on their campuses by next summer if a bill facing members of the House becomes law, the News-Sun reports. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan), squeaked out of the state Senate on Wednesday by a 30-22 vote after failing to get the necessary 30 votes in late April. Link also championed the Smoke-Free Illinois Act that passed in 2008 and made it illegal to smoke in bars and restaurants. “It’s the wave of the future,” Link said. “And I think young people are realizing smoking is not the best thing for you, and less and less are starting, which is a great sign.” If Link’s proposal becomes law, Illinois will join Arkansas, Iowa and Kansas as the only states with statewide laws banning smoking on college campuses.

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