Univ. Of Michigan Goes Smoke Free

University of Michigan campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint became smoke cigarettes free zones on Friday.

The policy is in effect for Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.

The initiative is meant to reduce the health risks associated with secondhand smoke cigarettes and reduce health costs associated with smoking cigarettes.

The new policy has been in the making for years, sparking debate among smokers.

The new ban will not be enforced by authorities. People can file complaints which could lead to disciplinary action against both students and employees.

Smokers will now only be allowed to light up on city sidewalks surrounding the U of M campuses.

According to a press release on the policy, about 14 percent of University employees are smokers. A 2006 survey found that about 16 percent of University students smoke cigarettes one or more cheap cigarettes a month, according to Winfield.

U of M will become the state's largest university to ban smoking cigarettes.

According to reports, starting in the fall, Eastern Michigan University will try a smoking cigarettes ban for two weeks on its Ypsilanti campus to see how it goes.