MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WOOD) - Central Michigan University will go completely tobacco-free on July 1.
CMU announced its "A Breath of Fresh Air" policy Tuesday, saying it would promote a healthy working and learning environment.
Under the new policy, all forms of tobacco, "including traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes, cigars, hookahs, waterpipes, snus and snuff," will prohibited anywhere on campus.
However, it may be used inside privately-owned vehicles if they windows are closed.
The university may make more exceptions for "theatrical productions, as well as religious rituals, ceremonies and cultural and ethnic events," it said.
“CMU community members will enforce the tobacco-free policy as a ‘good neighbor’ initiative,”
Lori Hella, associate vice president of human resources, said in a statement. “After July 1, if we see someone using tobacco products in a restricted area, we’ll respectfully remind him or her of the policy.”
The university said the policy was the result of a February survey in which 70% of students, faculty and staff said they would prefer a smoke- or tobacco-free campus.
CMU has been smoke-free indoors and within 25 feet of building entrances, exits, windows and air intake ducts since 1992, according to the university.
CMU says there are 800 tobacco-free colleges and universities across the country.
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