Smoke-Free University Initiative

July 2011:  smoke-free campusIn our ongoing effort to create an environment that is healthy for all members of our community, the University of Michigan will be a smoke-free university by July 2011. This will help ensure a healthier environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors.

This is another step along a path set in the 1987 when the university adopted a ban on smoking in buildings (except some residence halls). Our Health System has been smoke-free since 1998, and the Residence Halls Association, a student-representative organization, eliminated smoking from all residence halls in 2003.

The decision to become a smoke-free University aligns with the goals of MHealthy to improve the health of the University of Michigan community. More than 260 campuses in the U.S. are now smoke free, including our Big Ten counterparts, University of Iowa and Indiana University. Even campuses in states with substantial tobacco production, such as the University of Kentucky, have enacted similar policies.

Read an informational letter from President Mary Sue Coleman about the Smoke-Free Initiative