History and Policy

In U-M’s ongoing effort to create an environment that is healthy for all members of the community, the University of Michigan became a smoke-free campus July 1, 2011. This extended the smoke-free environment from university buildings to the campus grounds on all three U-M campuses. This is another step along a path set in 1987 when the university adopted a ban on smoking in buildings (except some residence halls) and all university vehicles, with establishment of (SPG 601.4).

Michigan Medicine has been smoke-free since 1998, and the Residence Halls Association, a student representative organization, eliminated smoking from all residence halls in 2003.

In 2016, the Michigan Medicine adopted a tobacco-free policy by including a prohibition on all tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.

Health Information

Smoking has long been known to be a primary cause of lung cancer, and the list of other diseases caused by smoking includes certain aortic aneurysms, myeloid leukemia, cataracts, cervical cancer, kidney and pancreatic cancer, pneumonia, periodontitis and stomach cancer.

The Surgeon General’s 2014 report, The Health Consequences of Smoking-50 Years of Progress, warned that no level of smoke is safe.

Sharing What We’ve Learned

The University of Michigan is considered a leader among colleges and universities in adoption of this policy. Since it went smoke-free in 2011 hundreds of others across the country have established similar policies, and many have looked to us for help with how to get started.

We often get requests to share our plan and welcome other universities to use any of the materials found on this site.  A detailed report of the implementation process can be downloaded here: UM Smoke-Free Implementation Report.  For other resources, including our communication plan, charge to committees and other materials and documents, please write us at smokefreeuniversity@umich.edu.