U of M Poised to Ban Smoking Across Campus
The University of Minnesota is ready to impose a smoking ban at its Twin Cities campus.
U of M officials confirm the University Senate has voted in favor of the ban. The Senate includes faculty, students and staff. University President Eric Kaler says a tobacco-free campus has become an expectation, rather than an innovation.
Kaler would impose the ban, which could begin in 2014 after an educational campaign.
A survey by the university's Boynton Health Service found 67 percent of faculty and staff and 64 percent of students support a campus-wide ban on tobacco.
University officials say a task force will be formed to talk about implementing the plan, which could take 12-18 months.
Here is a list of campuses in Minnesota with smoke-free or tobacco-free policies, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation:
Argosy University (Twin Cities campus)
Bemidji State University
College of St. Scholastica
Cook County Higher Education at The North Shore Campus
Dakota County Technical College
Itasca Community College
Lake Superior College
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
Minnesota State University Mankato
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
North Central University
Northwest Technical College
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Rainy River Community College
Rasmussen College (Moorhead and St. Cloud campuses)
Rasmussen College (Waite Park campus)*
Riverland Community College
Rochester Community and Technical College
South Central College
Southwest Minnesota State University
St. Catherine University
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud Technical and Community College
University of Minnesota Crookston
University of Minnesota Duluth
Winona State University
The Associated Press contributed to this report.