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Miami goes smoke-free Aug. 1


On Aug. 1, 2008, Miami University will go fully smoke-free when its smoking restriction policy expands to include grounds and related outside campus areas on all three Butler county campuses and its Luxembourg campus.

In April 2007, University Senate recommended a smoke-free environment based on an ad hoc committee survey that found 62 percent of staff and faculty favored a ban if smokers were offered support to quit. President David Hodge accepted recommendations to adopt the new policy last August emphasizing that Miami would offer smokers such support. The university continues to provide smoking cessation programs and offers nicotine replacement therapy options to students, faculty and staff, as well as their benefit-eligible spouses/domestic partners through Employee Health & Well-Being.

The new policy states that smoking is prohibited in all Miami University-owned facilities and on the grounds of any university-owned property. Smoking also is prohibited on sidewalks that adjoin university property. Smoking is prohibited in any vehicle or equipment owned, leased or operated by Miami University. Exceptions include personal automobiles and designated areas in hotels and lodges. To read the policy in full, log on to:

The human resources department has posted Frequently Asked Questions on the human resources Web page.

Miami first banned smoking in 1993 in all public areas of buildings except designated ventilated smoking spaces. The university has banned smoking in residence halls and within 25 feet of them since 2002. Last December in response to a state law banning smoking in public places of employment, it also banned smoking within 25 feet of other buildings and in university vehicles.


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