Alma College recognized by MDHHS for tobacco-free policies – The Morning Sun

Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services reviewed the smoke-free policies of each of the state’s two- and four-year colleges and universities, and Alma College was among the top-rated schools for its strict smoking policies. tobacco use.

Data was collected by MDHHS staff from college websites, student textbooks and by contacting schools directly.

They then rated the fonts on a point system giving each a grade ranging from A-plus for 100 points to and F for 55 points or less.

The agency divided the listings into three groups: community colleges, public four-year colleges and universities, and private colleges.

Alma College received 95 points, earning it an A grade for having a 100% smoke-free and tobacco-free campus, including the use of e-cigarettes.

The smoking policy included in the college student handbook states:

“The college recognizes the growing weight of scientific evidence that the use of tobacco products poses a danger both to the user and to those exposed to its use. The United States Surgeon General has determined that the use of tobacco in any form, active or passive, is a significant health hazard; there is no safe level of exposure. It is Alma College’s policy to create a tobacco and smoke free environment.

The rules apply to all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing cigarettes, snuff and e-cigarettes, among others.

Their use is prohibited inside and outside of all campus buildings, athletic fields, university-owned vehicles, parking lots, and all off-campus university-owned properties.

The policy applies not only to students, faculty, staff, and administrators, but also to outside contractors and anyone attending events held on campus or at an off-campus college-owned facility.

Alma College was one of nine of 41 private colleges in the state to receive an A grade.

He also fared much better than the other six members of his conference, the in-state Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

In fact, five of those colleges—Adrian, Albian, Calvin, Kalamazoo, and Olivet—all received F grades from MDHHS, while Hope College earned a C.

In four-year public college and university rankings, Central Michigan University had 75 points for a C grade, while local community colleges, Montcalm CC and Mid Michigan, earned A and C grades, respectively.

To view the full 17-page report, visit the MDHHS website at www.michigan.gov/MDHHS.

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