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Lighting up at those public universities could soon be against the law if some Illinois legislators have their way.  Illinois lawmakers are trying to crack down on smoking on college campuses.
Under a measure in the Illinois House, smokers won't be able to smoke on any state supported university campuses.  While lawmakers are still trying to work out the kinks of this bill, one thing they hope this measure does is create a healthier lifestyle for college students.  

You've seen the no smoking sign everywhere from your favorite restaurants to hotels, but could soon see it on college campuses across Illinois.

"Although you may want to enjoy your cigarette not everybody else wants to," smoker Katie Malmstrom explains.

These are shared by some Illinois lawmakers.  A measure in the Illinois House bans smoking both indoors and outdoors on all public universities in the state, including Western Illinois University in Moline. But for state representative Mike Smiddy who is a co-sponsor of this bill , he says his reasons for supporting the measure are personal.  

"I had a friend I went to high school with that contracted throat cancer because of second hand smoke.  They felt it was because of the college lifestyle," Representative Mike Smiddy.  "That kind of hit home to me as to why we kind of needed this. Just to promote a healthier lifestyle especially on the campuses of our state universities which we give millions of dollars too every year.  Think it's a step we should take."

Right now, the bill says it will be left up to the university to decide how it will penalize offenders, but, Smiddy says it's all about encouraging college students to cut smoking out of their lives.