Responding to requests by the Student Government and the Faculty and Staff Senates, Lawrence Technological University has initiated a new campus-wide smoke-free policy. The new policy expands a decade-long ban on smoking inside university buildings.
Smoking is now prohibited in all university owned or operated campuses, grounds, and vehicles, including the Detroit Center for Design + Technology in Midtown and the athletic field on 10 Mile Road. The policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors and visitors. The only exception is LTU’s Enterprise Center on the northwest edge of campus. Smoking in privately owned vehicles is also still permitted.
“Lawrence Tech is committed to creating a healthy environment for all members of our community,” wrote Vice President of Finance and Administration Linda Height in an email sent to students and staff before the holidays. “Becoming a smoke-free campus is a key component of that initiative.”
According to the policy document, “No Smoking” signs or the international “No Smoking” symbol shall be clearly and conspicuously posted throughout campus according to applicable laws and following the guidelines of the Michigan Department of Public Health. The policy also includes a ban on E-cigarettes and vaping.
Also, if a university employee witnesses a violation of the policy, the employee has an obligation to report the violation to their supervisor or the Lawrence Tech Office of Human Resources.
According to a 2014 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with nearly 10 percent of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke.