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Tobacco-Free UCM

Background Information

In summer 2011 President Ambrose appointed a Tobacco Policy Committee to evaluate the how effective the existing policy was in achieving its stated purpose of “promoting the health of the university community, preserving and protecting university property, providing a clean and safe environment in which to study, work and learn.” This committee included staff, faculty and students representing the various segments of the UCM community and included smokers, former smokers, and non-smokers/tobacco users.

Between August 2011 and June 2012, the committee:

The committee utilized a voting process to move forward with each stage of their research. Based on the overall findings, in September 2012 the UCM tobacco policy committee recommended to the Strategic Leadership Team that UCM become a 100% tobacco free campus, indoors and out. President Ambrose submitted a briefing paper about the proposed revisions to the Board of Governors in October 2012. The Board approved the revisions that same month. Following a 14 month implementation period, UCM became tobacco free January 2014.