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Smoke- and Tobacco-free CampusFinlandia University is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all members of our campus community. In keeping with this philosophy, the Finlandia University campus is smoke- and tobacco-free effective August 1, 2013. The Smoke- and Tobacco-free Campus Policy is below.

Finlandia University is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all members of its campus community.  In keeping with this philosophy, Finlandia University is smoke- and tobacco-free effective August 1, 2013. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, trustees, students, contractors, vendors, and visitors during and after campus hours, as well as at University-sponsored events.

The use of tobacco products is strictly prohibited within the boundaries of all University locations, including buildings, facilities, indoor and outdoor spaces, and grounds owned, rented, operated, and/or licensed by the University.  This policy applies to sidewalks located on the property, walkways, sports venues, and University-owned vehicles.  Smoking will be permitted in personal vehicles parked in University parking lots. This exception to the general policy will be reevaluated periodically and, if necessary, revoked if it creates a notable increase of litter or becomes a general nuisance.

For purposes of this policy, tobacco is defined as any type of tobacco product including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, electronic cigarettes, pipes, smokeless or spit tobacco, and snuff.

Any person observing a violation to this policy should contact Campus Safety and Security at (906) 487-7307 or the Campus Conduct Hotline by calling (866) 943-5787. Complaints will be investigated and actions taken to resolve the complaint as soon as possible.  No person shall suffer any form of retaliation for raising a complaint in good-faith or asking questions about the policy.

As defined in the Clean Indoor Air Regulations, the Western U.P. Health Department may also investigate complaints and charge non-compliant employers of infractions punishable by a warning followed by progressive fines.  The regulation also protects against retaliation towards employees filing a complaint.  (Revised July 2013)

An interesting fact:

According to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, the leading national lobbying organization dedicated to nonsmokers' rights, as of July 8, 2013, at least 1,182 college or university campuses in the U.S. have adopted 100% smoke-free campus policies that eliminate smoking in indoor and outdoor areas across the entire campus, including residences. This number has grown from 530 campuses the same time a two years earlier (July 2011) and 420 campuses three years ago (July 2010). Source: www.no-smoke.org.

Links to additional information, smoking cessation information, materials, and programs, and other resources.

Smoke- and tobacco-free policy

Share your anonymous comments about the smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy

Be a Quitter! The Great American Smokeout, November 15, 2012

President Johnson's announcement of November 28, 2011

Do campus smoking bans work? This study says yes.

Local and Regional Stop Smoking Resources

North Star Employee Assistance Program - Free for students and employees: Phone: 906-225-3145, E-mail: northstareap@up.net

Western UP Health Department: www.wupdhd.org/community-health

Smoke Free UP: www.co.marquette.mi.us/departments/health_department/smokefreeup_org/smokefreeup_org.htm

Online Resources

Michigan Dept. of Community Health: www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2940_2955_2973---,00.html

Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/how_to_quit/resources/index.htm

American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/guidetoquittingsmoking/index

American Heart Association: www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/QuitSmoking/Quit-Smoking_UCM_001085_SubHomePage.jsp

American Lung Association: www.lung.org/stop-smoking/

Become an Ex: www.becomeanex.org

U.S. Government:  http://smokefree.gov; http://women.smokefree.gov; http://teen.smokefree.gov