Does tobacco use have to be an integral part of campus life?






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South Central College and Riverland Community College have tobacco free campus policies

Riverland Community College is a MnSCU school with campuses in Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna.  The college implemented a tobacco free campus policy on July 1, 2011.  Link to policy

In announcing the policy, President Terry Leas expressed a desire for “a healthier, cleaner, and safer campus environment.” He also emphasized the school’s commitment to wellness principles for healthier students and employees.

The policy was developed in consultation with employees and students via surveys, forums, student senate meetings, and a tobacco-free campus task force.

South Central College is a MnSCU school with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato.  The college implemented a tobaco free campus policy on July 1, 2010.  Link to policy

Citing the science of secondhand smoke, as well as ongoing concerns
about cigarette litter, SCC President Keith Stover said that is a high priority that “we have a healthier lifestyle on campus.”

A survey of faculty and staff showed overwhelmingly support for the new policy.

Five Good Reasons for a Tobacco-Free Campus

(Compiled from actual tobacco-free campus policies.)


  1. Create a healthier environment in which to live and learn.
  2. Establish an overall campus culture of wellness.
  3. Support smokers who want to quit by eliminating “triggers” (such as smoking areas) that make smoking cessation difficult.
  4. Contribute to efforts to counteract climate change.
  5. Promote a tobacco-free future.

More Schools Across the Country Go Tobacco-Free

A growing number of colleges and universities are passing tobacco-free policies for their campuses. Colleges are citing their responsibility to provide healthy spaces in which their students can learn and live. Acknowledging that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, 648 colleges and universities have enacted smoke-free or tobacco-free policies as of January 2, 2012. 

Link to list U.S. Colleges and Universities with Smokefree Air Policies


The American College Health Association supports this movement by encouraging colleges and universities to be “diligent in their efforts to achieve a 100% indoor and outdoor campus-wide tobacco-free environment. “

ACHA Position Statement on Tobacco on College and University Campuses

Minnesota Colleges and Universities

As of March 2012, 28 schools in Minnesota have implemented policies for tobacco-free or smoke-free campuses.  The list continues to grow!  The American Lung Association in Minnesota maintains a curent list and map.  Link to ALA map and list of Minnesota schools


Schools in SE Minnesota with a tobacco-free campus policy include:


Four Corners Partnership is a Resource for Local Schools

The Four Corners Partnership is engaging with the five post-secondary schools in our four-county region to support campus initiatives for tobacco-free campus policies.

• Carleton College
• Minnesota State College Southeast Technical – Red Wing
• St. Olaf College
• Riverland Community College - Owatonna
• South Central College - Faribault

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Learn more:


Healthy Campus Network

Healthy Campus Network hosted by the Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota.  A network of 76 Minnesota schools and one school from nearby Wisconsin.  Is your school a member?


Big Tobacco on Campus: Ending the Addiction

An eye-opening report from the Tobacco Policy Project of the American Lung Association.  This 2009 report explores trends in smoking among college students and examines steps to help students, and the colleges and universities, break their addiction to tobacco.


Tobacco Free U

Lots of great resources from the BACCHUS Network to help you advocate effectively for a tobacco-free campus.  New! A national certification program for tobacco-free campus policies.


Americans For Nonsmokers Rights: Colleges and Universities

Includes an up-to-date national list of colleges and universities with smoke-free campus policies.  This site also includes Sample Policies, Steps for Enacting a Smoke-free College Policy and links to many more resources.


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