A healthy environment to live, work and learn is a priority at Northern Michigan University. A tobacco-free policy shows NMU's commitment to health and wellness for its students, faculty, staff and visitors. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is sponsoring a national initiative to eliminate tobacco use on college campuses.

Northern Michigan University has been tobacco-free since Aug. 1, 2014.

The policy will cover all university property and university-owned vehicles including the Superior Dome, Berry Events Center and Physical Education and Instructional Facility. The only excluded areas include:

  • Public sidewalks and roadways bordering the campus
  • Personal vehicles driven or parked on campus that have the windows fully closed
  • NMU Golf Course

The policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors on NMU's campus.

Talk to your primary healthcare provider or visit our resources page.

Visit our enforcement page for more information.

The policy is intended to support a healthy NMU community, not punish those who use tobacco. Assume that a person using tobacco on NMU's campus is unaware of the tobacco-free policy. If you see a person using a tobacco product on campus, respectfully inform the person of the tobacco-free policy. You may direct him or her to this website for more information.

You are empowered to hold employees accountable to the university policy expectations. First, explain the expectations outlined in the policy and provide appropriate resources. If violations continue, identify the impact of the employee's actions and manage accordingly.

No, all university property is designated tobacco-free.

Yes, tobacco use is acceptable in personal vehicles as long as all windows are closed.

The tobacco-free policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products as defined by the American College Health Association which includes all tobacco-derived or containing products, including cigarettes, vapor cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, cigarillos, hookah-smoked products and oral tobacco (spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff).

No, the tobacco-free policy only bans the use of tobacco while on campus. Although a secondary goal of the policy is to encourage the NMU community to opt for a healthier lifestyle. NMU provides many resources and tips to quit.

Yes, all athletic facilities and parking lots are considered part of campus.

Yes, as of Jan. 2, 2014 at least 1,180 colleges and university campuses have gone smoke-free of these over 800 are tobacco-free

There has been no correlation between the institution of tobacco-free policies and a drop in enrollment. In fact many univerisities promote a healthy, tobacco-free environment as a way to increase enrollment.

According to state and federal law, there is no legal "right to smoke." NMU has the authority to regulate the use of tobacco on university property.

For tribes throughout North America, the use of traditional tobacco plants goes back thousands of years. NMU's tobacco-free policy recognizes tobacco in all uses that fit the Native American definition of "traditional tobacco use," which include religious, ceremonial (including cultural gift-giving), medicinal and educational purposes. Uses that fall under the Native American definition of "commercial tobacco use" are not exempt from NMU's tobacco-free policy. These include tobacco use of any kind for recreational or habitual purposes.