E-cigs added to tobacco policy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tobacco-free policy now includes e-cigs

The campus tobacco-free policy now includes e-cigs.

Electronic cigarettes are prohibited at St. Cloud State based on an updated campus tobacco-free policy and an amendment to the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act.

The use of smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes is prohibited indoors and outdoors at all University owned, leased and controlled property, including walkways, arenas and playing fields.

The Minnesota Legislature amended the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes, “including the inhaling or exhaling of vapor from any electronic delivery device” in any Minnesota State Colleges and Universities facility. The law was effective Aug. 1.

Electronic nicotine delivery systems, also known as e-cigarettes and e-cigs, are battery-powered vaporizers that simulate tobacco smoking.­­­­

St. Cloud State is committed to providing a safe, clean and healthy environment for all. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, e-cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA, and there is no body of evidence proving that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking or that their vapors are safe to inhale. It cannot be assumed e-cigarettes are safe to use.

According to the 2014 College Student Health Survey, 77.1 percent of Minnesota college students support campus smoke-free policies. The 2012 survey reported 59.5 percent student support for smoke-free campuses.

According to the report, the number of daily tobacco users has declined every year since St. Cloud State began developing its tobacco-free policy.  

Effective since 2012, St. Cloud State's tobacco-free policy is enforced on all university property, including the Mississippi River Walk and the east part of Barden Park.   


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