After a year-long transition, St. Cloud State University is set to become a tobacco-free campus Aug. 1.
The university will be the sixth four-year school in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system to implement a tobacco-free policy.
Exceptions for tobacco use will be allowed in accordance with the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act (PDF):
Signage, print materials and other means of communication will be used to inform the campus community and visitors about the policy.
Learn more about the policy, the review process and supportive resources at St. Cloud State's Health and Wellness website.
In October 2010, President Earl H. Potter III appointed a task force of faculty, staff and students to review existing policy and public health information, keep the campus informed of findings and seek broad input through a variety of mechanisms.
This was done in response to a March 2010 MnSCU Board of Trustees resolution that encouraged system schools to consult with students and employees about steps their institutions might take regarding tobacco use.
After a year of campus-wide discussions, St. Cloud State transitioned to permitting tobacco use only in designated areas or private vehicles. Also during that time, the university offered education, awareness, support and cessation services to the campus community.
The work of the Smoking Policy Review Task Force was supported by grant funds from the Public Health Division of Stearns County Human Services, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health's Statewide Health Improvement Program.