(WLNS) – Michigan State University is now tobacco free, banning use of all cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes on campus.
The ordinance is already in place at thousands of other schools across the country, and Michigan State has been working on implementing the ban for years now, hoping for a positive impact on campus.
“To have cleaner air to breathe, healthier people on campus and less liter,” MSU communications manager for student health services Kathi Braunlich said.
Health, and having a more green and clean campus, are the main reasons for the ordinance, which the University hopes is looked at as less of a scare tactic and more of a learning opportunity.
“It’s more about education than about punitive damage for breaking a rule,” Braunlich said.
The change is one some students are excited for.
“If they are able to enforce it I think it’s a good idea just because of all the health concerns and stuff,” MSU Freshman Morgan Ketelaar said.
Other students are not as enthused about the ban.
“It’s kind of a punch in the face,” MSU senior and e-cigarette user Ryan Feldman said.
The University hopes to stomp out all tobacco use on campus by getting rid of the urns and putting up signs on all campus buildings.
“A lot of different ways to get the information out to people about what is coming and providing the opportunity for people to ask questions about it,” Braunlich said.
Despite the signs and health reasons associated with the ordinance, a local e-cigarette user says the University should not be able to ban people from using tobacco or smoking outside of campus buildings.
“I kind of don’t feel that places have the right to dictate the air,” MSU Graduate and e-cigarette user John Lennox said.