Smoke- and tobacco-free campus
The University is committed to protecting the health and well-being of all campus community members. We all ‘share the air,’ and a smoke- and tobacco-free environment will provide many benefits to our community." —President Eric W. Kaler
At the University of Minnesota, we’re committed to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of all campus community members. That’s why we’re proud to be smoke- and tobacco-free. Our goal? To create a healthier, cleaner, and more inclusive environment for everyone.
As of July 1, 2014, University facilities, buildings, and grounds on the Duluth, Crookston, Rochester, and Twin Cities campuses are smoke and tobacco free. The Morris campus is actively engaging students, faculty, and staff in looking at options.
We believe this comprehensive policy enhances the health of students, faculty, staff, and visitors by encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and limiting the involuntary exposure to harmful secondhand smoke. Read the complete policy in the Uwide Policy Library.
Creating a supportive, positive, and healthy smoke- and tobacco-free environment for the entire campus is a shared responsibility. We encourage students, staff, faculty, and visitors to promote compliance with the policy. Please read about Enforcement prior to participating enforcement! Enforcement Cards can also be requested here.
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Share the Air
The University is committed to the the health and well-being of everyone on campus. The smoke- and tobacco-free policy was adopted based on the wealth of research documenting the health risks associated with tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, the assessments of regional and national trends, and input from the campus community. Specific benefits to our community include:
Creating a supportive, positive, and healthy smoke- and tobacco-free environment for the entire campus is a shared responsibility. We encourage students, staff, faculty, and visitors to promote compliance with the policy. Read more about enforcement
Because of the negative health and environmental impacts of all tobacco products, the U has adopted a tobacco-free, rather than just a smoke-free policy. In 2009, the American College Health Association adopted a no tobacco use policy and encourages and supports colleges and universities to achieve a 100% indoor and outdoor campus-wide tobacco-free environment.
According to the 2012 Tobacco-Free Campus Policy Opinion Survey, 81% of students and 57% of staff and faculty report being exposed to secondhand smoke on campus. And 14.9% of students and 22.4% of staff and faculty report having a health condition triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke.
The U.S. Surgeon General says there is no risk-free level of secondhand tobacco smoke exposure. Every year, 443,000 people die from tobacco-related illnesses, making it the leading cause of preventable mortality in the United States.
E-cigarettes are designed to deliver high amounts of nicotine to the user—more than two times the amount approved by the FDA for smoking cessation aids. Little is known about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes, but many ingredients are known to cause lung and cardiac inflammation, cancer, and cell damage.
Smoke-free campus policies are proven to decrease current smoking prevalence in students, decrease the amount of cigarettes used by those who continue to smoke, decrease students’ acceptance of peer smoking, change social norms around tobacco use, and increase favorable attitudes towards regulation of tobacco. To learn more about the effects of campus tobacco-free policies, check out this study.
In 2009, the American College Health Association adopted a no tobacco use policy and encourages and supports colleges and universities to achieve a 100% indoor and outdoor campus-wide tobacco-free environment. More than 1,000 campuses across the United States have adopted such policies—see the complete list of schools.
The smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy covers all property, buildings, and facilities under the primary control of the University of Minnesota through ownership, lease, or other means. Because the boundaries of the Twin Cities campus are harder to discern within the urban setting, please see the following maps for guidance.
Breathing Easier, Together
The decision to become smoke and tobacco free is based on broad input from across the Twin Cities campus. In December 2012, a random sample of students, staff, and faculty participated in a questionnaire.
The survey results indicated strong support for a smoke- and tobacco-free policy:
In addition, the following 24 University student, staff, and faculty groups expressed support for such a policy during the research and development process:
Share the Air
Nicotine is a highly addictive drug found in all forms of tobacco from cigarettes and cigars to chewing tobacco, snuff or hookah. We understand—quitting is a hard. So we’re to help you! The University offers a variety of tobacco cessation resources to help students and employees quit.
The more quit attempts you make, the higher your chances of staying quit. According to the 2013 College Student Health Survey (Boynton Health Service), current U smokers are trying to quit: more than 50% of staff and 60% of students who smoke have tried to quit one or more times in the past year.
The most important thing you can do is plan, plan, plan for your quit day. And change the way you think about quitting. Do not give yourself permission to smoke—be positive. Quitting is hard, so take it one day at a time.
You can do it! Here are some other tips:
These programs are administered by Boynton Health Service:
|Quit and Win||A month-long, incentive based cessation contest to help tobacco users quit.||The contest will be offered periodically and students will be notified of the availability via email and other marketing venues.|
|Nicotine Dependence Counseling||Meet with a counselor to discuss methods for quitting that meets your needs.||http://www.bhs.umn.edu/east-bank-clinic/nicotine-counseling.htm|
|Nicotine Replacement Therapy Options||Includes nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges. Note: Students must first see the Nicotine Dependence Couselor prior to accessing these items at no cost.||Available over the counter at Boynton Pharmacy; no out-of pocket cost to students|
|Prescription Medication Options||Includes Chantix, Wellbutrin. Note: Sstudents must see a Boynton Health Service provider for a prescription and dose monitoring.||Boynton Health Service Pharmacy (612-624-7655)|
These programs are administered by the Office of Human Resources Wellness Program in consultation with the Benefits Advisory Committee:
|Quit and Win||A month-long, incentive based cessation contest to help tobacco users quit.||The contest will be offered periodically and faculty and staff will be notified of the availability via email and other marketing venues.|
|Nicotine Dependence Counseling||Offered at Boynton Health Service at no cost to the employee as part of the Face-to-Face Health Coaching program.||http://www.bhs.umn.edu/east-bank-clinic/nicotine-counseling.htm|
|Nicotine Replacement Therapy Options||Includes nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges.||http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/pharmacy/index.html|
|Prescription Medication Options||Includes Chantix, Welbutrin.||Boynton Health Service or your healthcare provider|
|Telephone Health Coaching For UPlan members||Employees are able to work with a telephone health coach on a variety of health topics including tobacco cessation.|
|Medica Tobacco Cessation Program for UPlan members||Confidential counseling with a trained cessation counselor and it includes goal setting and self-help materials. Participants can receive over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy at no additional cost.||http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/wellness/tobacco/program/index.html|
|Staywell Health Management Online Healthy Living Smoke Free Program for UPlan members||A six-week personalized resource to help with smoking cessation. It includes weekly to-do lists and a daily progress track to help provide support and additional information while the participant is trying to quit.||http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/wellness/tobacco/program/index.html|
|Quit Plan||This cessation program is open to all Minnesota residents 18 years and over who use any type of tobacco product.|
Program options include: telephone counseling and access to free or reduced cost over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy (i.e., the patch, gum).
|1-800-354-PLAN(7526) Online resources: https://www.quitplan.com/|
Breathing Easier, Together
The development of the University’s smoke- and tobacco-free policy began in 2008. Over the course of seven years, a diverse group of people from across the U were involved in researching, surveying, creating, and implementing the campus-wide policy.
Duluth campus goes smoke free (see BreatheFree UMD for background).
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) requests that President Bruininks consider implementing a tobacco-free campus policy, which would make the entire University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, including outdoor spaces, tobacco free.
April 21, 2008
Crookston campus goes smoke and tobacco free (see Crookston policy guidelines for background).
President Bruininks charges a committee to conduct a thorough investigation of the feasibility and support of a tobacco-free campus policy, including surveys of students, staff and faculty, open forums, and interviews with key University personnel. The report recommends a campus tobacco-free policy in January 2011.
The SHAC co-chairs request President Kaler to formally consider a tobacco-free campus policy.
September 2012–June 2013
Twenty-four University student, staff, and faculty groups express support for a tobacco-free or smoke-free campus policy. The Twin Cities campus delegates to the University Senate overwhelmingly support a resolution to support in principle a commitment to a smoke-free campus.
May 17, 2013
President Kaler charges Boynton Health Service with developing an implementation plan and final administrative policy recommendation. A work group begins meeting in June.
July 15, 2013
The work group submits a draft policy and implementation plan to President Kaler.
October 28, 2013
A smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy implementation team is established.
December 5, 2013
The President’s Policy Committee votes in favor of the smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy.
January 28, 2014
The 30-day comment period for the smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy closes.
All policy comments are reviewed and Share the Air policy communications begin.
July 1, 2014
The University of Minnesota Rochester and Twin Cities become smoke- and tobacco-free campuses. The Duluth and Crookston campuses now follows the new policy. The Morris campus is actively engaging students, faculty, and staff in looking at options.
Breathing Easier, Together
Creating a supportive, positive, and healthy smoke- and tobacco-free environment for the entire campus is a shared responsibility. We encourage students, staff, faculty, and visitors to promote compliance with the policy. You can report an area on campus where the smoke- and tobacco-free policy is frequently violated here.
All campus leaders are important partners in successfully and effectively implementing this policy. Your role is to:
If you see someone using tobacco on campus, you are encouraged to remind people of the initiative if you feel comfortable doing so. If you do approach someone, please do so in a friendly, respectful manner – the person may not be aware of the policy. If someone becomes agitated or hostile upon being approached, please do not escalate the situation – simply walk away. If the situation escalates to the point where you feel threatened or endangered, please contact call 911.
These scenarios and scripts are designed to help members of the University community remind people of the smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy when it becomes effective July 1, 2014.
To assist with enforcement,
Share the Air
Created in October 2013, the U’s smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy implementation team comprises these core groups, which includes both students and staff from across the University.
Enforcement and Conflict Management Committee
Cessation and Support Services Committee
Policy Management and Assessment Committee
Breathing Easier, Together