U of M Poised to Ban Smoking Across Campus

Updated: 05/07/2013 8:03 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

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
    Bethel University
    Century College
    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 College
    Northwestern Health Sciences University
    Rainy River Community College
    Rasmussen College (Moorhead and St. Cloud campuses)
    Rasmussen College (Waite Park campus)*
    Ridgewater College
    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.