The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is committed to providing a safe, clean and healthy environment for its students, staff and faculty. Considering the wealth of research documenting health risks of smoking, and with strong recommendation of the Student Health Advisory Committee, UMD adopted a smoke-free policy in 2007, and amended the policy in 2008.
In December 2009, a task force was appointed to make recommendations for improving compliance with the policy, and a Smoke-Free Committee was established to implement recommendations. The committee is charged with sustaining educational efforts with the intent of changing the social norm around smoking.
In April 2011, the task force developed recommendations to improve compliance with the Smoke Free Campus Policy. The task force proposed an educational module, with a $25 registration fee, as a student sanction for a first violation of the policy. This recommendation was approved and took effect fall semester 2011. They also recommended that faculty and staff be required to take the module and meet with a UPlan Health Coach.
Student Life and Finance and Operations collaborated to bring an expert to campus to assist us in looking at new ways to improve our enforcement efforts. Ty Patterson, director of the National Center for Tobacco Policy, visted UMD in October 2012. Mr. Patterson and his organization have worked with many colleges and universities to “develop, implement and sustain tobacco policy.” Click here to review Mr. Patterson's report and recommendations.
Fore more information, please visit the following links.
Support breathefree UMD
Student, staff and faculty are needed to help spread the word about UMD's smoke-free policy. You can help by keeping us informed of campus locations that are frequented by violators. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with times and locations. This is a confidential email address.
And help by posting the breathefree poster in high-traffic areas.