A Healthier Campus for Students, Faculty, Staff and Visitors

Healthier Campuses for Students, Staff, and Visitors.


ANSR is working to promote the adoption of tobacco-free policies at colleges and universities located in Ramsey County and the City of Minneapolis.  A tobacco-free policy prohibits smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products on all school properties and in all school-owned or leased vehicles. 
A comprehensive tobacco use policy also prohibits the sale of tobacco products on campus, tobacco advertisements in school publications, and tobacco company sponsorship of school programs and events.
Benefits of a Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
  • Provides for a healthier campus for students, staff, faculty and visitors
  • Helps establish a new social norm regarding the use of tobacco
  • Reduces cigarette and other tobacco litter on campus
  • Creates a supportive environment for tobacco-free living


 Steps to a Tobacco-Free Campus Policy


  • Convene a monthly committee
  • Complete a tobacco-free campus opinion survey
  • Complete a tobacco-free environmental assessment
  • Develop an action plan based on assessment findings, which identifies short- and long-term goals
  • Develop a draft policy statement and share with institutions stakeholders
  • Adopt and communicate the tobacco-free policy
  • Offer tobacco cessation resources to students, staff, and faculty
  • Improve the campus environment by removing cigarette receptacles and posting policy signage
  • Monitor compliance with the tobacco-free campus policy

 Download Tobacco-Free Campus Factsheets

Tobacco-Free Campuses: A Growing Trend


Over the past decade, the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses in the United States has grown at a tremendous pace. According to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, as of April 2013, there are at least 1,159 100% smoke-free campuses with no exemptions. Residential housing facilities are included, where they exist. Of these, 783 have a 100% tobacco-free policy. View a full list of schools here


Minnesota has seen similar growth in the number of tobacco-free campuses as of late. As of January 2013, there are more than 40 colleges and universities in the state with 100% comprehensive tobacco-free policies. A map of these campuses can be seen here. Learn more about our work at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus here


Sample Tobacco-Free Campus Policies

Century College

St. Catherine's University

St. Cloud Technical and Community College


Support for Tobacco-Free Campuses

American College Health Association 

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities


Tobacco-Free Campuses In the News

"Go outside for a smoke? At many of nation's colleges, you'll have to go off campus completely"

Yahoo! News - 6/28/2012

"MSUM seeing declining number of smokers in wake of on campus ban"

WDAY News 6 - 5/2/2012


Public Health Policy Change: The Tobacco-Free College Campus

Source: Public Health Law Center

Benefits of Tobacco-Free Policy vs. Smoke-Free Policy

Source: The Bacchus Network

Regulating Tobacco Use on Campus: Tips and Tools 2011

Source: Tobacco Control Legal Consortium

Tobacco-Free Campus Policies: Compliance and Enforcement

Source: Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Legal Update


The tobacco-free campus intervention is funded through the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program, also known SHIP.The objectives of SHIP are to reduce tobacco use initiation, increase access to tobacco use cessation, and decrease places where tobacco use is permitted through policy, systems, and environmental changes.
SHIP Factsheet 


For more information contact:

Emily M. Anderson, Program Coordinator

emily [at] ansrmn.org







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