Tobacco-Free Missouri Western

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the policy take effect?
July 1, 2013
Why are smokeless tobacco products included in the tobacco policy?
Missouri Western wants to display a healthy environment for faculty, staff and students.
Why are electronic cigarettes included in the policy?
Electronic cigarettes are not approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation tool. Nicotine replacement products such as gum and patches are allowed on campus.
What tobacco products are not allowed on University property?
Cigarettes – traditional and electronic, cigars, pipes, hookah, smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco, snuff, snus, etc.), other tobacco administering products, or products including nicotine (excluding Nicotine Replacement Therapy).
Does the tobacco policy apply in University residence halls?
Missouri Western residence halls have been tobacco free. The revised tobacco policy will however now include the outdoor areas around the residence halls.
Does the tobacco policy apply inside personal vehicles on campus?
Yes. The use of tobacco products are prohibited on Missouri Western property even if you are in your vehicle.
Does the tobacco policy mean that smokers can no longer work or attend class at Missouri Western?
No. The new policy means that no one may smoke or use tobacco on Missouri Western’s campus. Employees and students may continue to use tobacco but not on campus.
Is the new policy asking me to stop using tobacco products?
No. The University is not asking you to stop using tobacco products. The use of such products are however prohibited from being used on University property.
Will the tobacco policy apply to the KC Northland campus?
Yes. This policy will apply to all Missouri Western campuses.
Will the tobacco policy apply to campus sporting events, theater productions, concerts and other university or non-university sponsored events?
Yes. All who come onto Missouri Western property will be informed of the tobacco policy and thanked for their cooperation. The tobacco policy will be included as standard language in all campus contracts and facility rental agreements; the tobacco policy will also apply to suppliers and service providers while on campus.
Who is responsible for enforcing the tobacco policy?
We encourage individuals to gently remind violators of the tobacco free policy.
What is Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)? (CDC 2011)
Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), also known as second-hand smoke, refers to exposure to tobacco smoke - not from your smoking, but from being exposed to someone else's cigarette, cigar, or pipe smoke. ETS can also be described as the material in indoor air that originates from tobacco smoke. Breathing in ETS is known as passive smoking, second-hand smoke, or involuntary smoking.
What resources are available to help those who are struggling with this change and would like assistance with quitting tobacco use?
Missouri Western offers free cessation classes to students, faculty and staff. Click on the cessation tab for more information or contact Dr. Christopher Bond at for more information.