Tobacco Free UM
The University of Montana
Tobacco Free UM
The University of Montana
The University of Montana provides a safe and healthy environment for its employees, students, and visitors. In light of the U.S. Surgeon General's findings that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and use of tobacco causes significant health hazards, The University of Montana will become a tobacco-free environment, effective August 28, 2011. For full policy language: Tobacco Free UM Policy #406.1.1
The Tobacco Free UM policy applies to all persons in or on property owned, leased, or used for specific events by the University or any of its components.
The policy applies to all UM property. This includes UM mountain campus, College of Technology (west and east campus), UM south campus, Lewis and Clark villages, University Villages, rental properties on 5th and 6th streets, Lubrecht Experimental Forest, Flathead Lake Biological Station, and Montana Island Lodge.
No. However, the sidewalks around the perimeter of campus and the boulevard between the sidewalk and curb on Arthur and Beckwith avenues and 5th and 6th streets are city right of ways and are not covered by the policy. These areas have been established as "Good Neighbor Zones".
Kim Williams Trail is not owned by UM. UM owns land on Mount Sentinel including the “M” trail.
There is an emphasis on peer enforcement. Everyone will have a hand in enforcement by reminding each other that we are a tobacco free campus.
UM Public Safety is charged with officially enforcing the policy and has drafted an enforcement plan that includes verbal reminders to those who are non-compliant as well as fielding written complaints regarding persistent violations.
As with any UM policy, violators are subject to student conduct code sanctions or employee progressive disciplinary actions.
The vast majority of campus supports a tobacco free environment. The only way to ensure a tobacco free environment is for everyone to be actively involved with enforcement. Sometimes it can be hard to approach someone but below is a non-confrontational way to enforce the policy
Use the SMOKE approach…
If the person continues to smoke or becomes confrontational, walk away and report the violation.
If you would like to alert the UM Tobacco Task Force regarding general policy violations, areas of high non-compliance or troubel spots on campus, please contact the UM Tobacco Task Force at TobaccoFreeUM@mso.umt.edu. The UM Tobacco Task Force will respond by forwarding the compaint to Public Safety if necessary, arrange for increased signage, peer-led patrols or clean up when appropriate. Thank you for your interest in keeping UM tobacco free.
Please visit the Tobacco Free UM website and click on the “compliance crew” link. You can become part of the Tobacco Free UM compliance crew. Thanks!
"Good Neighbor Zones" around the perimeter of campus are areas not covered by the policy and help deter tobacco users from going into the surrounding neighborhood. Good Neighbor Zones include the sidewalks around the perimeter of campus and the boulevard between the sidewalk and curb on Arthur and Beckwith avenues and 5th and 6th streets.
Tobacco is a nicotine delivery system. There are many other forms of nicotine delivery systems available – gum, lozenges, patches etc. These products can be used by students, employees and visitors to help them manage during extended periods of time on campus.
Students can design their schedules to allow for time away from campus if they need to use tobacco during the day.
Employees can taper their tobacco use enough to accommodate time on campus or use other nicotine delivery systems during the day.
The can use the "Good Neighbor Zones" established on the perimeter of campus.
Tobacco is a legal product for adults. However, using tobacco products is a personal freedom not a legal right. Personal freedoms are often limited to improve public access and health. For example, alcohol is a legal product but open container laws supersede personal freedom to improve public safety. Additionally, Montana law “recognizes that the need to breathe smoke-free air has priority over the desire to smoke.” (Montana Code Annotated; MCA 5-40-102)
Ceremonial use of tobacco in or on property owned, leased, or used for specific events by The University of Montana must be approved in advance by the Director of American Indian Student Services. (See UM Policy 201.5 Smudging/Pipe Ceremonies).
All tobacco products are covered by the Tobacco Free UM policy. This includes cigars, pipes, bidis, clove cigarettes, smokeless or spit tobacco, dissolvable tobacco, hookah shisha, snuff or snus, kreteks, and cigarillos.
UM student use of smokeless tobacco products is nearly twice that of the national average. It would be irresponsible to write policy language that did not address this public health concern. UM policy should not imply that smokeless or other tobacco products are a safe alternative to smoking.
Yes. Other tobacco free college campuses in Montana include Montana Tech, Helena College of Technology, University of Montana – Western, and Salish Kootenai College. Montana State University will be Tobacco Free Fall 2012. Nationally, there are 466 smoke free campuses of which 259 are tobacco free campuses (as of January 2011).
All University events on or off campus, including home football games, will be tobacco free events.
Since electronic cigarettes are not a tobacco product, they do not fall within the parameters of the policy. However, e-cigarettes are not regulated in any way and come with many safety concerns. Additionally, because e-cigarettes look and feel like a tobacco-based product, they are not an effective way to quit tobacco and users may be approached by someone trying to enforce the policy.