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Smoke-Free Policy

The following policy was approved by the Board of Trustees on July 16, 1993:

Compelling scientific finds … indicate that the simple separation of buildings into “smoking” and “nonsmoking” sections does not eliminate the unequivocal health risks that result from environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). In light of these findings, Michigan State University is committed to eliminating harmful exposures to environmental tobacco smoke unwanted by students, faculty, staff, and visitors and adopts the following smoke-free policy.

  1. Smoking will not be permitted in any closed space, regardless of location, except specifically designated private residential space and hotel rooms. Smoking is permitted outside of buildings and should be 25 feet away from exits and entrances, unless otherwise designated.
  2. Cigarettes and other tobacco products will not be sold on University grounds.
  3. This smoke-free policy applies to all MSU facilities and vehicles, owned or leased.

Questions, problems, and complaints regarding this policy should be handled through existing departmental administrative channels and administrative procedures, including the Housing Options Committee. Persons found to have violated this policy will be subject to disciplinary actions in the same manner and magnitude as violations of other University policies.

The success of this policy will depend on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers. All employees share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing this policy.

Smoking cessation programs and materials are available through Health4U and Olin Health Center to assist persons who wish to quit smoking.