Central Michigan University will implement its tobacco-free policy July 1, as part of its commitment to providing a healthy environment for learning, living and working.
The policy, “A Breath of Fresh Air,” will eliminate the use of tobacco products at all CMU locations. According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, there are more than 1,100 colleges and universities with smoke-free campuses. More than 800 of those ban all tobacco products.
Grand Rapids senior Alyson Cole represented on-campus students as a member of the Tobacco Free Campus Initiative Committee during the 2012-2013 academic year. She served as the liaison between the committee and the students living in the residence halls.
“I was very honored to be a part of making this movement for CMU’s campus,” Cole said. “It will take time for students, faculty and staff to adjust to the initiative, but in the long run it will be a very positive and attractive aspect for our campus. Campus will become a much healthier environment.”
The policy prohibits the use of any form of tobacco on campus, including traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes, cigars, hookahs, waterpipes, snus and snuff. Exceptions may be made for theatrical productions, as well as religious rituals, ceremonies, and cultural and ethnic events.
CMU’s current smoke-free policy has been in effect since 1992, prohibiting smoking in all buildings and university vehicles, as well as within 25 feet from any entrance, exit, air intake duct or window of a university building. Signs communicating the tobacco-free policy will be placed around campus to help inform visitors.
“The policy is intended to support a healthy CMU community,” Lori Hella, associate vice president of human resources said. “The guiding principle of enforcement will be respect for all. Responsibility for complying with the policy rests first with each individual. All CMU students, faculty, staff and visitors share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing the policy and are encouraged to respectfully inform others of the policy.”
Details about CMU’s current smoke-free policy and the new tobacco-free policy, including enforcement, frequently asked questions and other resources, can be found here.