April 5, 2010
Dear campus community,
As you know, the University of Michigan announced its campuses will become smoke free by July 2011.
The University of Michigan has established a smoke-free campus committee and numerous subcommittees which include smokers, non-smokers and former smokers. The committees are working on plans to address various issues of student life, human resources, communications, grounds and facilities and venues frequented by visitors to the University’s campuses. UM-Dearborn representatives are currently serving on committees in Ann Arbor to gain and share knowledge regarding best practices. A Smoke-Free Dearborn Campus Committee has also been formed.
As part of the transition process it is important to collect opinions, concerns and suggestions from the entire UM-Dearborn campus community as to how to best implement the new policy. In the coming months there will be opportunities to learn more about the smoke-free initiative, programs available to cope with smoking cessation and opportunities to offer your input on the implementation of the new policy.
The Smoke-Free Dearborn Campus Committee is hosting our campus’s first opportunity to learn and offer input regarding the change on April 13, 2010. Dr. Robert Winfield, UM chief health officer and director, University Health Service, will be the guest speaker at the UM-Dearborn Smoke-Free Campus Focus Group at Kochoff Hall, in the University Center. The focus group will take place between 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Additional information can be found on this website. I invite and encourage you to attend.
The University of Michigan is committed to a healthy campus environment and the MHealthy initiative. A smoke-free campus is the right move in support of both initiatives and is very much in line with the overall educational and workplace values of the university.
I look forward to working with faculty, students and staff as we move toward a safer, more comfortable and healthier campus.