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When did the tobacco-free policy go into effect?
 August 1, 2017

Whom would the policy affect?
The policy would affect students, faculty, staff, and visitors including vendors, contractors and service providers at all University owned facilities and in all university owned or leased vehicles.  This includes all indoor and outdoor campus spaces including campus buildings, grounds, exterior open spaces, green spaces, parking lots (including inside a vehicle if parked in an MU lot), on-campus sidewalks (not bordering a city street), on-campus driveways and other paved areas, athletic facilities, practice facilities, and recreational spaces. 


What is considered a tobacco product and would be prohibited by the policy?
Tobacco products are defined as any and all forms of tobacco and smokeless tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, snuff, snus, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, chew, any other non-combustible tobacco product (e.g. dissolvables), and electronic nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.


Why are e-cigarettes included in this policy?
The FDA does not consider e-cigarettes or vaping devices to be a safe nicotine delivery system or smoking cessation strategy.  They can also produce large vapor clouds that are inhaled by others.  Approved nicotine cessation products such as gum and patches are allowed. 


Why is smokeless tobacco included in this policy?

Will there be anywhere I can smoke or use tobacco?
Neither smoking nor the use of tobacco products will be permitted within the boundaries of University controlled properties.  Once outside the boundaries of University controlled properties, smoking and use of tobacco products is subject to local jurisdiction.  Maps delineating the boundaries of all university controlled properties will be available


Is Marquette requiring that people stop smoking? 
Tobacco and its purchase and usage is legal for adults above the age of 18. The intent of a tobacco free policy is not to force anyone to quit. However, the university owns all campus properties, and can establish policies that protect the health of all university members. A tobacco-free policy establishes where use can occur.

How do smokers know what is not University property?
The university does not own the sidewalks and streets that border its campus, e.g. Wisconsin Avenue and the sidewalks immediately bordering.  There will be a map developed during the implementation phase which will include the specific boundaries.

Will there be designated smoking areas on campus?

When the policy goes into effect, Marquette will be a tobacco-free campus.  Smoking areas or smoking shelters will not be designated on university property. 

How will this policy be communicated to campus groups and to potential visitors?
The communications plan will include but is not limited to:

How will the policy be enforced?
The policy is intended to reduce the health risks related to smoking, secondhand smoke and tobacco usage for the campus community.  As such, it is dependent on personal responsibility and  respect for others.  Resources with methods to address policy enforcement and violations in a respectful manner will be provided to managers, supervisors, students, faculty, and staff.  Repeated violations of the policy by students, faculty, or staff will be addressed in a manner consistent with any other policy violation.  For students, this could include corrective action through the appropriate student conduct process as administered by the Division of Student Affairs.   

Why should I comply?
 Although the policy may be challenging for some smokers and tobacco users, it is hoped that smokers and tobacco users will respect the rights of their fellow members of the Marquette community to breath smoke-free air. 

Don’t I have a right to smoke or use tobacco products on campus?
Using tobacco is a personal choice, not a constitutional right. Smoking tobacco or using e-cigarettes/vaping devices can cause harm to the health of others..  Prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products on campus preserves everyone’s right to breathe clean, smoke-free air while allowing individuals who smoke and use tobacco products to continue to do so off-campus.

What should I do if I see someone using tobacco on campus?
Everyone can take an active role in informing people that a tobacco-free policy is in effect so it is appropriate to speak up and inform the violator in a brief and courteous way.  Supervisors and offices responsible for the areas involved can be contacted if there are repeat violators or an area that is repeatedly used for tobacco use.

Do tobacco-free policies really help?
Yes.  According to the CDC, smoking bans and restrictions lead to a reduction in the amount of daily smoking among students and employees and an increase in the number of individuals who stop smoking.  Smoke/tobacco-free campuses and workplaces reduce the risk of developing heart disease and lung cancer due to secondhand smoke exposure.  Cultural change also encourages the individual to make healthier personal choices.

Will enrollment go down if we implement a tobacco-free policy?
Based on other institutions that have gone tobacco-free, there is no evidence to support this concern.  Many campuses report an increase in enrollment due to prospective students valuing a tobacco-free campus in making their choice of where to attend college.  A tobacco-free policy is an indication that health and wellness is a priority at Marquette.


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