St. Cloud State goes tobacco-free

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

St. Cloud State will become a tobacco-free campus Aug. 1, joining five other Minnesota state universities and several private colleges that have implemented a tobacco-free policy.

Trained Student Health Services advocates, signs and print materials will help inform visitors and the community about the policy.

Exceptions for tobacco use on campus will be allowed in accordance with the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act:

  • Traditional Native American ceremonies, scientific studies and theatrical productions.
  • Private vehicles on university property, as long as respect for individuals and the environment is demonstrated.

In October 2010, President Earl H. Potter III appointed a task force of faculty, staff and students to review existing policy and public health information, keep the campus informed of findings and seek broad input. This was done in response to a March 2010 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees resolution that encouraged system schools to consult with students and employees about steps their institutions might take regarding tobacco use.

After campus-wide discussions, St. Cloud State transitioned to a year-long period where tobacco use was allowed only in designated areas.

The work of the Smoking Policy Review Task Force was supported by grant funds from the Public Health Division of Stearns County Human Services, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program.

Policy details and resources are available at stcloudstate.edu/tobaccofree.

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