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Local colleges react to new proposed college smoking ban in Illinois

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A new proposal in Illinois would ban smoking on all state-supported colleges and universities.

And now-- local universities are reacting to the proposed ban.

John Wood community college already has some smoking limitations.

There are already designated smoking areas on campus.

Those were created after John Wood students asked them to be installed three years ago.

And as for this latest proposal, students WGEM spoke with today say an all out ban, might be a bit much.

"It's an individual's choice and you can section yourself away from that if it's something you don't believe in," said Bryce Moore.

"I honestly think there'd be more of a negative outcome with people not agreeing with it, but then again it's an individual's choice," said Lauren Hea.

John Wood Community College president, John Letts, agrees with students. He fears an all out ban could actually do more harm than good.

"They would be relegated to having to walk across the street on Harrison somewhere or 48th street, because I think they'd probably do that rather than stop smoking and it becomes problematic, for the neighbors, and for the students," said Letts.

This bill is just out of committee and still has to be debated in the general assembly.

And if passed, it would go into effect next July.

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