UMD BreatheFree FAQ
New UMD Policy:
“Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus: Crookston, Duluth, Rochester, and Twin Cities”
As of July 1, 2014, UMD extends its no smoking policy to include a ban on the use of commercial tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on all University property.
What is the UMD BreatheFree policy?
UMD has been a smoke-free campus since May 18, 2008. On July 1, 2014, UMD extended its no smoking policy to include a ban on the use of commercial tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on all University property. The ban includes indoor facilities and the campus grounds, as well as all University vehicles. For questions or additional information about the “Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus: Crookston, Duluth, Rochester, and Twin Cities” policy, contact BreAnn Graber at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 218-726-7102.
What is a violation that you might report? And to whom do you report it?
Is it different if it is a student or employee at UMD?
A violation of the policy occurs when someone is smoking, vaping and/or using commercial tobacco on the grounds of UMD. This includes indoor facilities and all University vehicles. The policy applies to all students, employees and visitors to the University.
You can report a violation of the policy through our confidential reporting
system at email@example.com. Please
report the date, time and location of the violation so that trained personnel
have the opportunity to educate individuals about the policy in that specific
location on campus. Do not report any names.
Does the new policy prohibit me from smoking or using tobacco in my car in the UMD parking lot?
No. Smoking or using tobacco in personally-owned vehicles on UMD campus is allowed. However, smoking or using tobacco in University vehicles on UMD property is not allowed.
Is chewing tobacco prohibited at UMD?
Yes. The use of chewing tobacco is prohibited at UMD. For a more comprehensive list of prohibited commercial tobacco products at UMD, see “Definitions” within the policy.
Are there instances where smoking, vaping and/or using tobacco is permitted at UMD? How are exemptions granted?
Yes. Exemptions to the use of tobacco include:
- Peer-reviewed, approved scientific studies
- Traditional Native American spiritual or cultural ceremonies
- Approved theatrical productions
- Enclosed, privately-owned vehicles on University property
To process an exemption request (1-3), please contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is the difference between commercial tobacco and sacred tobacco?
Sacred (or traditional) tobacco is for spiritual, cultural and ceremonial use. Click here for additional information.
What smoking/tobacco cessation resources are available?
For students, call 218-726-8155 or e-mail email@example.com for smoking/tobacco cessation resources.
For employees, call 218-726-6750 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for smoking/tobacco cessation resources.
Can I be fined for smoking at or near the bus shelters on campus in accordance with the City of Duluth ordinance?
Yes. Duluth's ordinance prohibits smoking inside or within 15 feet of a bus shelter. This applies to all city shelters and transit hubs, including the bus stop at UMD. Violators could receive up to a $1,000 fine.
Can I be fined for smoking near UMD Health Services in accordance with the City of Duluth ordinance?
Yes. No person shall smoke in any public place within 100 feet of the nearest property line of a medical facility. This ordinance includes UMD Health Services.
Can I smoke on the sidewalks along the perimeter of campus?
No. The sidewalks along the perimeter of campus are still UMD property.
What is my responsibility related to the smoke/tobacco policy as a UMD community member?
Your responsibility as a community member is to comply with this policy in a courteous, respectful and cooperative manner. You are encouraged to politely inform an individual who is smoking, vaping or using commercial tobacco about the policy and remind the individual that such activities are prohibited on all UMD property.
You may also report a violation through our confidential reporting system at email@example.com. Please report the date, time and location of the violation so that trained personnel have the opportunity to educate individuals about the policy in that specific location on campus. Do not report any names.
What do I do if someone who is smoking, vaping or using commercial tobacco continues to do so?
You should walk away from that individual. You may choose to report a violation of the policy through our confidential reporting system at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please report the date, time and location of the violation so that trained personnel have the opportunity to educate individuals about the policy. Do not report any names.
What are the goals of the policy?
The policy has been implemented to:
- Provide an environment where the University's students, employees and visitors are not exposed to second-hand smoke;
- Educate individuals who smoke or use commercial tobacco and to provide them the means to change their behavior by offering classes, a way to obtain nicotine replacement therapy and coaching; and
- Complement UMD's commitment to an environmentally responsible campus.
- What are the consequences for those who are smoking, vaping or using commercial tobacco on University property?
The intent of this policy is to be preventive rather than punitive. For employees, violations of this policy will be addressed through educational and corrective measures. Educational measures include referral to smoking cessation programs, tobacco treatment and supportive coaching. Students will be offered the same educational measures. Documented repeat violations by employees or students may be referred to the appropriate disciplinary process.
- What should supervisors be advised to tell their employees if they see them smoking?
Supervisors should remind their faculty and staff that a smoke-free campus policy that applies to all employees has been in effect since May 17, 2008 (http://www.d.umn.edu/breathefree) and that the policy effective July 1, 2014 extends UMD’s no smoking policy to include a ban on the use of commercial tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on all University property.
Employees with questions or who would like information about smoking cessation classes, coaching and nicotine replacement therapy can be referred to the UMD Employee Health & Wellness Center, UMD Human Resources & Equal Opportunity, or the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
- What can I do to help support the BreatheFree effort?
Please help us spread the word around campus and respectfully pass out policy information cards. These cards can be obtained through UMD Health Services.
- What should I do if I feel threatened or intimidated by someone who smokes or uses commercial tobacco or e-cigarettes after I have politely provided them with information about the policy?
Call University Police at 726-7000 any time you feel threatened or physically intimidated by someone. For violations of the policy, however, e-mail email@example.com to confidentially report a violation so that trained personnel have the opportunity to educate individuals about the policy. Do not report any names.
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.