In recognition of the health, safety and comfort benefits of smoke-free air and the responsibility to provide and maintain an optimally healthy and safe working and living environment for faculty, students, staff and visitors, the University of Missouri will be smoke-free by July 1, 2013.
Currently smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor areas. No smoking is permitted indoors in any university-owned or university-leased buildings or vehicles.
The university reserves the right to specify additional designated smoking and non-smoking areas on its campus grounds.
Exceptions to these prohibitions include:
- Areas specifically designated for smoking.
- Academic research approved by the Campus Institutional Review Board, provided that the research is conducted in an appropriately ventilated area.
- University of Missouri Health Care facilities. UMHC will continue its current tobacco-free policy.
The campus will work in conjunction with the T.E. Atkins UM Wellness Program to provide smoking-cessation programs for all faculty and staff employees and with the Wellness Resource Center to provide smoking-cessation programs for students.
Respect and responsibility
The success of this policy relies on the thoughtfulness, consideration and cooperation of smokers and nonsmokers. All members of the university community share the responsibility of adhering to and enforcing the policy and have the responsibility for bringing it to the attention of visitors. Any complaints should be brought to the attention of the appropriate university authorities. If conflicts or problems should arise, environmental, safety and health considerations will prevail.
Questions and answers
Who is affected by this policy?
The policy applies to every person who comes to the University of Missouri campus, including visitors, faculty, staff, volunteers, students, alumni, contractors and service representatives.
What products are prohibited by this policy?
The policy prohibits the smoking of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes, cigars, hookahs and water pipes outside designated areas.
Are other universities smoke-free?
Yes. More than 1,000 other U.S. colleges and universities have either tobacco-free or smoke-free policies in place for the entire campus, indoors and outdoors.
Contact us at smokefree.missouri.edu.