MU Takes Steps Toward a Smoke-Free Campus
COLUMBIA - The smoking policy on the MU campus officially changed Friday. Smokers; whether students, faculty, or visitors, must now smoke in designated smoking areas. Designated areas include the top level of parking garages, some parking lots, and specific stations around campus. The new map can be seen here.
The University is committed to making its campus a healthy place to work, live, and learn, according to Smoke-Free Mizzou.
The University Police Department said it will not be ticketing smokers outside designated areas, but that the University hopes smokers will self-police and choose to follow the new policy. Tina Coke, a hospital visitor, said "I know I do smoke, and there are lots of people who don't and don't like other people smoking around them smoking either. I can respect that."
Although this change still allows for some smoking on campus, MU has set a completely smoke-free date for Jan. 1, 2014.
In the transition, MU is offering resources to help smokers quit. These resources and more information about the change can be found here.