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U of M, Crookston to Become Smoke/Tobacco-Free Campus January 1, 2009
April 25, 2008

Contact: University Relations, 218-281-8438 (

CROOKSTON, Minn. (April 25, 2008) – The University of Minnesota, Crookston will become a smoke/tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2009. The new policy covers smoking, tobacco use and tobacco sales on University owned, operated and leased properties. It also continues to prohibit smoking and tobacco use in University vehicles.


“The University of Minnesota, Crookston is committed to creating a clean, safe and healthy living, learning and working environment for all students and employees of the University,” Chancellor Charles H. Casey said. “After a year-long conversation that has included forums, surveys and discussions with campus governance groups, we have determined that it is in the best interest of students and employees to become a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus.”


Campus dialogue this academic year focused discussion on the health issues associated with smoking, secondhand smoke as well as tobacco usage. The campus community provided input on what it would mean to be a smoke and tobacco-free campus. In response to the e-mail survey sent out in December 2007 to all employees and students, 90 percent of faculty/staff and 72 percent of student respondents indicated that they “strongly agree” or “agree” that people should be protected from secondhand smoke. A large majority of both groups, 70 percent of faculty/staff and 77 percent of student respondents, also indicated that cigarette butt litter on campus is a problem. This data has helped shape the campus policy.


“We understand this will be a lifestyle change for some individuals and transition time is important,” Casey said. “As a result, this fall we will work closely with Boynton Health Services to provide educational programs, including cessation programs, for students, faculty and staff to prepare for the change.


“As an institution of higher learning, we know that promoting a healthy environment where the campus community can work, learn and live is the correct choice.”


As outlined in the policy, enforcement will depend upon voluntary cooperation of all employees, students and visitors to follow the policy and encourage others to comply. The policy is posted online at


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