In just less than a month the university will become a smoke-free campus. The newly posted Standard Practice Guide, 601.4, states the intent of the smoking ban that takes effect July 1, and details the restrictions.
“As the SPG states, the goal of going smoke-free is to provide a healthy environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors. The success of the initiative will depend on the cooperation of all who live, study and work on campus, and those who come to visit,” says Dr. Robert Winfield, chief health officer and co-leader of the Smoke-free University Initiative.
The revised SPG lists the following regulations:
• Smoking is prohibited in all university buildings, facilities, grounds and university-owned vehicles.
• Smoking in university facilities will be permitted for controlled research, educational, theatrical or religious ceremonial purposes, with prior approval of the dean or director responsible for the facility.
• Smoking in privately owned vehicles and on sidewalks adjacent to public thoroughfares is not prohibited.
• The sale of tobacco products is prohibited in all university buildings, facilities and grounds.
• Assistance with smoking cessation for faculty and staff is available through MHealthy at www.hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/programs/tobacco, which includes information about the U-M Tobacco Consultation Service, current health plan offerings and available online programs. Students can receive assistance through the University Health Service and the Tobacco Consultation Service.
Signage and tobacco receptacles will be put in place this month to remind students, faculty, staff and guests of this new policy.
To read SPG601.4 go to: spg.umich.edu/section/601.
More details on the Smoke-free University plan can be found at www.smokefree.umich.edu.
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