Central Michigan University to go tobacco-free next year

file8241261141140Central Michigan University will go tobacco-free beginning July 1, 2014, joining 800 other colleges and universities nationally that have already banned tobacco products from campus.

Under the new rules, tobacco use will only be permitted in private vehicles with the windows rolled up.

“The health and well-being of all students and employees is a top priority,” said Dr. George Ross, President of CMU. “We want to provide everyone with a chance to attend school, live and work in a safe and healthy environment.”

CMU’s current smoke-free policy has been in effect since 1992. It prohibits smoking in all buildings and university vehicles, as well as within 25 feet of any entrance, exit, air intake duct or window of a university building.

According to Lori Hella, CMU’s Associate Vice President of Human Resources, the idea to implement a new policy came from students.

“The tobacco-free policy was created with input from a work group that included representatives from each employee group on campus, as well as representation from the Student Government Association and Residence Hall Assembly,” she said. “It’s going to make CMU’s campus a cleaner, healthier place.”

The new policy will prohibit 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.

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