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.


Calhoun Community College


A.T. Still University - Mesa


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


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


Hartford Community College


Delaware Technical & Community College, Widener Law


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


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


Rush University, Wheaton College


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


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 Wesleyan University


Bellarmine University, Transylvania University, University of Kentucky


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


Kennebec Valley Community College, University of Maine


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


Salem State University


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


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


Blue Mountain College, Delta State University


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


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


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


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


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


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


East Tennessee State University, Milligan College


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


Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Regent University


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

West Virginia

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine


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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