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MLaw and the Rest of U-M go smoke-free


July 1, 2011
Contact: John Masson, 734.647.7352,

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—To put it in World War II terms: Now hear this. Now hear this. The smoking lamp is out.

For good.

Since July 1, all buildings, facilities, grounds, and university-owned vehicles have been officially smoke free at the University of Michigan. That includes professional schools like the Law School, as well as Michigan's campuses in Flint and Dearborn.

Locally, some are asking what to do when they encounter someone who is not adhering to the new policy. Some smokers want to know where they can go to light up without violating the new rules. And for others on campus who see the smoking ban as the perfect spur to help them quit, the University is committed to helping them to do so.

More information about all of those issues, and more, is available on the website of U-M's Smoke Free University Initiative.

"The important message in all of this is that we want people to be respectful in their approach, and to assume first that the violation may simply be out of a lack of knowledge about the new policy," Kathleen Donohoe, associate director for HR strategy, planning, and policy told the University Record. "We are asking for voluntary cooperation with the new policy, and we are confident the faculty, staff, students, and visitors will adhere to the new rules."


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