Tobacco ban takes effect this week at University of Oklahoma

A new tobacco ban went into effect at OU on Sunday. The policy bars anyone from smoking or using any other tobacco products anywhere on campus, including at athletic events.
by Silas Allen Modified: July 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm •  Published: July 6, 2012

Last year, Kimberly Swiglo couldn't go into a building at the University of Oklahoma without walking through cigarette smoke.

This year, she hopes that won't be the case.

A new tobacco ban went into effect Sunday at OU. The policy bars anyone from smoking or using any other tobacco products anywhere on campus, including at athletic events.

Swiglo, a senior, had heard the policy discussed as a possibility for a few years, but until recently she wasn't convinced anything would ever be done. When she heard this year that a policy would be enacted, she was pleased.

“I'm allergic to smoke, so I was pretty excited,” she said.

Swiglo said she hasn't seen any kind of impact since the ban took effect, mostly because the campus is relatively empty now. But when students begin to come back for the fall semester, she said, she hopes the new policy will mean she'll no longer see throngs of smokers crowded around the entrances to campus buildings.

The ban is the result of an executive order signed by Gov. Mary Fallin. During her State of the State address, Fallin announced she had signed an order placing a ban on tobacco use on all state-owned and state-leased property, including all public colleges and universities. That order took effect Sunday.

Fallin blamed tobacco use as one of several factors that contributed to Oklahoma's poor performance in national health rankings.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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See which colleges have tobacco-free campus policies


-June 2012 data from the American Lung Association-


All of the universities listed below have banned all forms of tobacco products, but the list does not include colleges with smoke-free campus policies that do not address other forms of tobacco use.


Alabama

Calhoun Community College


Arizona

A.T. Still University - Mesa


Arkansas

National Park Community College, North Arkansas College, Ozarka College, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, SAU Tech, University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton


California

Fresno Pacific University, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, Imperial Valley College, Point Loma Nazarene University, Riverside Community College, Santa Rosa Junior College, Stanford School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, UC Davis School of Medicine, Guam Community College, University of Guam


Colorado

Colorado Mountain College Summit Campus, Denver School of Nursing, Colorado Christian University, University of Denver


Connecticut

Hartford Community College


Delaware

Delaware Technical & Community College, Widener Law


Florida

Edison State College District, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, South Florida Community College, University of Florida Health Science Center, University of Florida, Warner University


Georgia

Altamaha Technical College, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Athens Technical College, College of Coastal Georgia, Columbus Technical College Darton College, Dekalb Technical College, East Georgia College, Emory University, Gainesville State College, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Gwinnett Technical College, Medical College of Georgia, Southwest Georgia Technical College


Illinois

Rush University, Wheaton College


Indiana

Bethel College, Crossroads Bible College, Goshen College, Franklin College, Indiana University, Indiana University South Bend, Indiana University Southeast, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University North Central, Taylor University, Valparaiso University, University of St. Francis


Iowa

AIB College of Business, Allen College, Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines University, Hawkeye Community College, Indian Hills Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa Valley Community College District, Loras College, Luther College, Mercy College of Health Sciences, North Iowa Area Community College, Northwestern College, St. Ambrose University, Southeastern Community College, Southwestern Community College, Western Iowa Tech Community College


Kansas

Kansas Wesleyan University


Kentucky

Bellarmine University, Transylvania University, University of Kentucky


Louisiana

Louisiana Delta Community College, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Nicholls State University, Southern University System


Maine

Kennebec Valley Community College, University of Maine


Maryland

Carroll Community College, Chesapeake College, Garrett College, Harford Community Collage, Howard Community College, Maryland Bible College and Seminary, Montgomery College, Washington Adventist University


Massachusetts

Salem State University


Michigan

Alpena Community College, Delta College, Great Lakes Christian College, Grand Rapids Community College, Hope College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community College, North Central Michigan College, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan Medical School, Washtenaw Community College


Minnesota

Bemidji State University, Bethel University, Cook County Higher Education, Dakota County Technical College, Itasca Community College, Lake Superior College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, North Central University, Northwestern College, Northwest Technical College, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Rainy River Community College, Ridgewater College, Rochester Community and Technical College, South Central College Campuses, Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Catherine University, University of Minnesota Crookston, Winona State University


Mississippi

Blue Mountain College, Delta State University


Missouri

Cox College, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Northwest Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical Community College, St. Charles Community College, St. Louis Community College - Wildwood, Washington University in St. Louis


Montana

Montana Tech of the University of Montana, University of Montana, University of Montana Western


Nebraska

College of St. Mary, Creighton University, Nebraska Methodist College, York College, Mid-Plains Community College, University of Nebraska Medical Center


New Jersey

Bergen Community College, Camden County College, Salem Community College


New Mexico

University of New Mexico


New York

Cayuga Community College, Corning Community College, Davis College, Maria College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, State University of New York College-Cortland, The College of Saint Rose, The Sage Colleges, Union Graduate College


North Carolina

A-B Technical Community College, Barber Scotia College, Beaufort County Community College, Bennett College, Blue Ridge Community College, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, Cape Fear Community College, Carolinas College of Health Sciences, Catawba Valley Community College, Central Carolina Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, Cleveland Community College, College of The Albemarle, Davidson County Community College, Durham Technical Community College, ECPI-Greensboro Campus, Edgecombe Community College, Gardner-Webb University, Gaston College, Greensboro College, Guilford Technical Community College, Halifax Community College, Haywood Community College, High Point University, Lees-McRae College, Lenoir Community College, Louisburg College, Mayland Community College, Montgomery Community College, Montreat College, Peace College


North Dakota

Bismarck State College, Jamestown College, Mayville State University, Minot State University, North Dakota State College of Science, University of North Dakota, Valley City State University


Ohio

Hocking College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Schar College of Nursing, University of Toledo Health Science Campus


Oklahoma

Cameron University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Oklahoma City, OSU - Stillwater, OSU - Tulsa, Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, St. Gregory's University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Western Oklahoma State College


Oregon

Corban College, East West College, Mt. Hood Community College, Multnomah University, Northwest Christian University, Oregon Coast Community College, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Tillamook Bay Community College, University of Oregon, Walla Walla University - Portland, Warner Pacific College


Pennsylvania

Butler County Community College, Widener University


South Carolina

Aiken Technical College, Charleston Southern University, Lander University, Medical University of South Carolina, Piedmont Technical College, University of South Carolina Upstate


South Dakota

Mount Marty College, Oglala Lakota College


Tennessee

East Tennessee State University, Milligan College


Texas

Alamo Community Colleges, Blinn College, Huston-Tillotson University, Midwestern State University


Virginia

Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Regent University


Washington

Clark College, Lower Columbia College, Northwest University, Seattle Pacific University, Walla Walla University


West Virginia

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine


Wisconsin

Alverno College, Carroll University, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Gateway Technical College, Madison College, Marian College, Medical College of Wisconsin, Moraine Park Technical College, Nicolet College, Western Technical College, University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County, University of Wisconsin Schools of Medicine & Public Health, Nursing and Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Stout Waukesha County Technical College, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Superior Campus

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