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Published May 02, 2012, 10:15 PM

MSUM seeing declining number of smokers in wake of on campus ban

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - If you've driven by MSUM lately you may have noticed students smoking on the edge of campus. They're not breaking any rules, even though the campus is smoke free.

If you've driven by MSUM lately you may have noticed students smoking on the edge of campus. They're not breaking any rules, even though the campus is smoke free.

There was no smoking allowed even on the edge of Campus 4 years ago when the smoking ban at MSUM was put in place. An agreement between the school and the city of Moorhead allowed for the rule to be enforced even though it was a city sidewalk.

Today we found plenty of students out taking a smoke on the beautiful spring day. So why the change?

Carol Grimm – MSUM Director Health & Wellness: “People who were using tobacco were going into the residential neighborhoods that surround our campus and that was just causing some issues with the people that live in that community and we need to be a good neighbor.”

Jacob Sternquist: “Oh I believe it you just take a look at the ground around right here and if everybody had smoked across the street, yeah, then everybody’s yard would just get full of cigarette butts and stuff.”

Even with the new smoking areas, about 100 to 150 students have been cited for smoking on campus this year. Despite the number of smokers we found today, the number of students lighting up is declining.

Carol Grimm: “In 2008 our average smoking rate was 24.8%, 2011 it 20%, so we're down almost 5% in tobacco use amongst our students.”

Still, the spring has revealed the countless cigarette butts from a portion of that 20%.

Students who are cited for smoking on campus have to go through judicial review, while staff and faculty are referred to their supervisors.

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