MU Implements Phase 2 of Smoke-Free Policy
COLUMBIA - It will be harder to find a place to smoke on the University of Missouri Columbia campus this summer.
Starting July 1, smoking will only be permitted in designated outdoor areas. According to the MU News Bureau, these areas include surface parking lots, the top levels of parking garages and designated outdoor areas.
Based on recommendations from student groups, faculty and staff, the university will be a smoke-free campus by January 1, 2014.
For employees and students who want to stop smoking, the university is working with the T.E. Atkins UM Wellness Program and Wellness Resource Center to offer cessation programs. In some cases, cessation tools and nicotine replacement therapy will be free to students and employees.
The University's current policy prohibits smoking within 20 feet of doors, windows and fresh air intake systems on campus.
Right now, more than 500 other U.S. colleges and universities have smoke-free or tobacco-free policies.