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Dorm smoking banned in Illinois

By AP/KWMU

Springfield, Ill – College students are now banned from smoking in Illinois' dormitories under a measure Governor Rod Blagojevich signed into law Monday.

The law applies to private and public colleges statewide.

It also prohibits students from smoking in their fraternity or sorority houses if the universities own and operate those buildings.

The law is aimed at decreasing fires and reducing the health risks of second-hand smoke.

Commercial areas in the buildings like restaurants or coffeehouses are not covered by the ban.

Supporters say the law helps keep students safe. Critics argue that a smoking ban should be left up to college administrators and boards of trustees.

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