Naperville resident Keenan Kassar was recently recognized for his efforts to make University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a smoke-free campus as part of the organization Students for a Better Illinois. Respiratory Health Association presented Kassar with their Making a Difference: Advocacy award for his leadership on the smoke-free initiative.
Students for a Better Illinois’ mission is to support initiatives that will create a better campus for the students, faculty and alumni of the university. As a founder and president of the organization, Kassar advocated for the university to join more than 1,100 others across the United States in creating a smoke-free campus environment.
Kassar and others urged the university to adopt a smoke-free campus policy
through a student referendum, coordinated student support, and meetings with
the chancellor’s office. In October, Chancellor Phyllis Wise announced that the
campus will become smoke-free by November 2013.
Kassar’s recognition comes shortly after the 5-year anniversary of The Smoke Free Illinois Act, which made all indoor public places and workplaces smoke-free in the state as of January 1, 2008.