Smokers are feeling the heat not from law enforcement, but their peers

Michigan State enforced a tobacco-free campus beginning in August of 2016. Since then, it’s not the potential of a ticket that has smokers on edge –– it’s the disapproval from stares and comments made by their fellow peers.

Anywhere between 10 and 12 Newport Menthol 100s will get MSU senior Jacob Hicks through the day. Some of those smoke breaks happen at his duplex on Burcham Street, but some of them happen on MSUs 5,200 acre campus. And despite the campus enforcing a tobacco ban that went into effect August 15 of 2016, that’s not what has Hicks worried.

Spartans Plan to Go Tobacco Free

It may soon be time for Michigan State University smokers to put out their cigarettes, at least while on school property. For some

Michigan State students this is cause for celebration. Senior Marie Steinbock says her commute to class is sometimes hampered by smokers who gather outside building doors. “I would just really love to be able to walk around campus and not have anyone smoking or anyone chewing tobacco or anything like that,” she says. MSU is forming a task force to help transition the University to a tobacco free campus. While it is still in the very early stages of development the according to Jason Cody, a task for member and Communications manager for Michigan State the force will work to guide the campus towards being tobacco free.

Michigan smoking ban cuts indoor air pollution 93 percent; state officials launch health, economic study of the impact

Capital News Service
LANSING — Michigan’s 18-month-old ban on smoking in restaurants is allowing Michigan patrons to breathe cleaner air. A recent study found a 93 percent reduction in air pollutants given off by second hand smoke in restaurants across the state, said Teri Wilson, public health research and evaluation consultant with the tobacco section at the Michigan Department of Community Health. Officials anticipated the Smoke Free Air Law would be passed and tested restaurant air to gauge its effectiveness, Wilson said. Seventy-seven restaurants from 13 cities were tested for air quality between 2005 and 2008. Those cities include: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Marquette, Midland, Novi, Saginaw, Sault Ste.