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 Fall Semester 2011.
Subject to the CEREMONIAL USE EXCEPTION below, The University of Montana prohibits tobacco use in or on property owned, leased, or used for specific events by the University or any of its components. For the purpose of this policy, “tobacco” includes any lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, bidi, clove cigarette, smokeless or spit tobacco, dissolvable tobacco, hookah shisha, snuff or snus, kreteks, and cigarillos. The University of Montana also prohibits the free distribution or sale of tobacco products in or on property owned, leased, or used for specific events by the University or any of its components, and will not solicit or accept any funding, grant, gift, or sponsorship from a manufacturer or distributor of tobacco products. All University employees, students, visitors, and contractors must comply with this policy, which remains in effect at all times.
THIS POLICY FOLLOWS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COLLEGE CAMPUSES OUTLINED BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY.
The Office of Public Safety has the responsibility to enforce this policy. Members of the community should report persistent violators to the Director of Human Resource Services and the Dean of Students for appropriate personnel policy or student conduct code action. Facilities Services will assure the placement of signs and receptacles for tobacco materials on the campus.
The Wellness Program and the Curry Health Center provide educational information and tobacco cessation programs to faculty and staff.
CEREMONIAL USE EXCEPTION
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).