A survey of all three University of Michigan campuses has revealed a decrease in tobacco use after U of M's smoking ban on all three of its campuses nearly a year ago.
The U of M community was generally in support of the policy, and some U of M faculty/staff and students even said that they had used the smoke-free policy as an opportunity to cut back on smoking, or even to quit altogether.
The number of people in the faculty and staff group who admitted in an anonymous survey that they smoked declined by one third after the implementation of the policy, from approximately 6 to 4 percent.
Of the students who reported smoking, sixteen percent said that U of M's policy influenced them to quit smoking or at least attempt to do so.
Today there are 1,159 colleges and universities with smoke-free policies similar to U-M's, up from 260 in 2009, when the U of M campuses began to plan their move toward the regulation in 2009.