There are 1,179 college and university campuses nationwide that are now tobacco-free or smoke-free (including residence halls). There are 794 that have a tobacco-free policy. In the State of Michigan, 29 colleges and universities will be tobacco or smoke-free campuses as of September 2014.
The tobacco-free four-year institutions:
- Central Michigan University (summer 2014)
- Finlandia University
- Michigan Technological University
- Saginaw Valley State University
- Spring Arbor University
- Western Michigan University (fall 2014)
Smoke-free four-year campuses:
- University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
- University of Michigan-Dearborn
- University of Michigan-Flint
- Oakland University
Michigan State University has a work group looking into going tobacco-free. In addition to Finlandia and MTU, Bay College is the third institution in the U.P. to be tobacco-free.
Currently, NMU has a no-smoking policy for the interior of all university facilities and university-owned and operated vehicles, as well as for 30 feet from a facility’s exterior doors.
Details of the Proposed Recommended Policy
As a way to make Northern Michigan University’s campus a healthier environment, including no exposure to second-hand smoke, decrease cigarette butt and chewing tobacco littering and potentially lower university health care costs over time, it is being proposed that the NMU campus and all NMU properties would become tobacco-free as of Aug. 1, 2014. This policy includes all tobacco products (cigarettes and chewing tobacco), as well as vapor or e-cigarettes.
The only areas excluded from the policy would be:
- public sidewalks and roadways bordering the campus that are not owned by NMU
- personal vehicles parked on campus that have the windows fully closed
- NMU Golf Course (with a review of the exclusion slated for 2016)
Prior to implementation date to be tobacco-free, the university would provide a variety of cessation programs and products, some of which would be free or covered by insurance, for students, faculty and staff.
Disciplinary Action for Violations
Disciplinary actions for both students and employees will be handled in a manner similar to what is used for violations related to the use of the university’s computer network. A first-time offender will receive a warning and information about the policy. Repeat offenders will meet with their supervisor (employees) or a Dean of Students representative (students) to discuss corrective action. Blatant disregard for the policy through excessive repeated violations will be subject to additional disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment (employees) or possible suspension from the university (students).
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