Days of smoking on MSU’s campus wearing thin

EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The last days to use any kind of tobacco product on the MSU campus are winding down.

On Wednesday MSU’s Board of Trustees passed a smoking ordinance during their meeting.

6 News Justin Kree spoke to MSU’s president who says it’s about time.

The university is all about creating a healthier place to work and go to school.

While this ordinance won’t go into effect for over a year, having the trustees pass it Wednesday, many think it’s a step in the right direction.

Seeing students smoking on MSU’s campus will soon be a thing of the past. MSU will join other major universities around the country in banning all forms of tobacco on campus, a decision that passed unanimously with the board of trustees Wednesday.

President of the university, Lou Anna K. Simon says it’s the right thing to do.

“It’s about time. If you look at the pattern of other institutions, this is not revolutionary by any stretch of the imagination. It’s been conversation occurring on campus here for 10 years if not intensively for the last five,” said Lou Anna K. Simon, president, MSU.

Simon says the consensus around campus seems to be the same. They want to see people take their tobacco somewhere else.

MSU student Shelby Pea says even smoking outside buildings; the smoke can travel indoors and be just as distracting.

She says this new ordinance may even get people to quit the habit all together.

“People can take an initiative to stop smoking. Maybe a push to stop smoking overall,” said Shelby Pea, MSU student.

Simon assures this new ordinance is about health and not to infringe on rights.

“Not about the ordinance pass, but how we’ll approach it in a way that’s about health and not some punitive effort about smoking it’s about health issues,” said Lou Anna K. Simon, president, MSU.

Your last day to light up on campus will be August 15, 2016.

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