WMU Tobacco Free Campus Policy Research

     The Western Michigan University Tobacco-Free Campus Policy was put into
affect on September 1, 2014. The decision was made to make the campus tobacco-free
and smoke free in order to ensure a diverse, inclusive, and healthy community here at
Western Michigan University. The university recognizes the health, safety, and comfort
benefits that employing a smoke free environment entails. Thoughtful consideration and
full cooperation is to be adopted by the students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the campus.
Maintaining this environment outlined in the Tobacco-Free policy requires
compliance as well as discipline when seen fit in order to ensure that everyone is
following the rules. Many individuals still choose to use tobacco products and most are
not being noticed around the campus, although this is the case it does not make it right.
     The policy was created for a reason and since it has been put into place all members of
the Western Michigan University community should adhere to these rules. It is the
responsibility of all individuals to take note of the violators of the policy and if possible,
report them to proper authority for further discipline. The policy states that if conflicts or
problems should arise, environmental, safety, and health considerations will prevail.
When the policy first came into affect it was taken lightly and some sympathy was given
towards those who did not fully understand the situation and/or the consequences of
violating it. As the policy has now been into affect for over two months, everyone should
be fully aware of expectations and follow the rules set forth.
     There are many impacts that a smoke free campus has on the people to which the
policy applies. In general, smoke free campuses reduce the amount of student smokers 2
and are an initiative put in place in order to promote the health and well being of the
students, staff, faculty, and community in the future. There are currently over 1,400
smoke free campuses nationwide with many more implementing policies each year. The
University of Michigan did a study in 2013 on the impacts of their smoke free policy two
years after it was put into place. Over 4,000 students and staff combined were questioned
if they supported the current smoke free policy, 82.7% of students and 88.8% of staff
were in favor. Major smoking areas showed a 95% decrease in smoking and the majority
of students and faculty reported that they noticed a decrease in smoking since the policy
was put into place. The primary impact of smoke free campuses is promoting a healthy
lifestyle, and as result many campuses are continuing to implement smoke free policies.

                                                             Works Cited

Adamczyck, Alicia. "Campus Smoking Rate on the Decline." The Michigan Daily. N.p., 8 May
     2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

Western Michigan University. Community Living Expectations. Kalamazoo: n.p., 2013-2014.
     Print. Residence Halls Policy Book.