Smoke-Free University Initiative
In our ongoing effort to create an environment that is healthy for all members of our community, the University of Michigan will become a smoke-free university. This will help ensure a healthier environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors.
The final report on implementation of the new smoke-free policy that goes into effect July 1, 2011 has been approved.
The steering committee for the Smoke-free University Initiative ‘s report includes 14 recommendations that define campus smoke-free boundaries, commit to treatment and support for those who choose to quit, and outline expectations for compliance. Among the recommendations:
- All University of Michigan-Dearborn facilities, buildings, grounds, parking structure and surface lots should be smoke free. This does not include smoking in privately owned vehicles within the parking structure or surface lots, which is permitted.
- Peer support, supervisory oversight and voluntary compliance should be relied upon to lead to behavioral changes over time. Smokers refusing to extinguish the product or repeat offenders of the policy should be addressed through existing disciplinary or other appropriate processes.
- UM-Dearborn should provide resources to support managers, supervisors, students, faculty, and staff with methods to address violations in a respectful manner.
- UM-Dearborn should support faculty, staff and students in their stop-smoking efforts.
- Leaders of the effort say the final plan was crafted after more than a year of extensive input from many in the campus and surrounding community.
Why we made the decision—and what you should know about how we’re proceeding:
- The decision to become a smoke-free University aligns perfectly with the goals of MHealthy to improve the health of the U-M community.
- We want to be sensitive to smokers, former smokers and never-smokers in the implementation of this policy, as well as the surrounding community. Community members are involved in the work of the committees. Since the announcement, faculty, staff and students have taken advantage of the online feedback channel and focus group to share opinions and suggestions regarding the policy.
- This is another step along a path set in the 1987 when the university adopted a ban on smoking in buildings. Our Health System has been smoke-free since 1998 and we’ll learn from their experiences and the experiences of other colleges and universities—more than 260 campuses in the U.S. are smoke free.
- More than 260 campuses in the United States are now smoke free, including our Big Ten counterparts, University of Iowa and Indiana University. Even campuses in states with substantial tobacco production, such as the University of Kentucky, have enacted similar policies.