Minnesota State University, Moorhead Going Smoke Free

My alma mater, MSUM (then called Moorhead State University) is going 100% smoke-free on January 1st, 2008. They will be banning smoking, tobacco use and tobacco sales on all university property. Evidently MSUM is among the first major universities in the country to officially go smoke free.

According to the university:

34% of MSUM students and 12% of MSUM employees are tobacco users; 13% of MSUM students and 7% of MSUM employees are “regular users” of tobacco.

And when asked if this change would affect enrollment, a survey of prospective students showed that (if anything) it would influence them to be more likely to attend if the campus was smoke-free:

  • 58% (33) – It would not influence their decision in any way
  • 39% (22) – Yes, I would be more likely to attend
  • 4% (2) – Yes, I would be less likely to attend

Should be interesting to see if these numbers hold true or not.

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