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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

When did the tobacco-free policy go into effect?

The policy went into effect January 1, 2012

Why did Minnesota State University, Mankato go tobacco-free?

Minnesota State Mankato is committed to promoting a clean, safe, and healthy living, learning, and working environment for all students and employees of the University.

In addition, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) Board of Trustees passed a resolution, dated March 16, 2010, stating: The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees encourages each college and university to consult with its employees and students about additional steps the institution should take to:

  1. Educate employees and students about the danger of tobacco use to themselves and others;
  2. Provide information to employees and students about smoking cessation resources available; and
  3. Further restrict tobacco use.

What does tobacco-free mean?

Tobacco- free means any use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes and any other tobacco product or tobacco product derivative is prohibited on all university property.

Are e-cigarettes included?

Yes, the policy prohibits all forms of tobacco and nicotine delivery devises that have not been approved by the FDA for cessation.

Whom does this policy affect?

This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and visitors.

What areas does the tobacco-free policy cover?

The use of any tobacco products is prohibited on all university grounds. Please reference the Minnesota State Mankato’s map

What can people do to manage their cravings while on campus?

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato provides free quit kits to students, faculty and staff. These can be picked up at the Student Health Services Pharmacy or can be requested for free via email. The Quit Kits can be delivered to campus departments only (no residence hall rooms or off-campus locations).
  • Nicotine replacement therapies are available for student purchase at the Student Health Services Pharmacy.

Does Minnesota State Mankato provide programs to help me quit?

Minnesota State University, Mankato is committed to helping you with your quitting efforts.

We offer:

  • Free cessation resources including free email, text and phone coaching for all Minnesotans, available through QUITPLAN. Please visit for more information.
  • Free quit kits for students, faculty and staff available at the Student Health Services Pharmacy or delivered directly to campus departments via email.
  • Lower-cost nicotine replacement therapies available for students to purchase at the Student Health Services Pharmacy.

What should I do if I see someone using tobacco on campus?

The policy is best when enforced by all members of the campus community. If you feel comfortable approaching the individual or group, kindly inform them that our campus has a tobacco-free policy. Be respectful. Be direct. You may also offer them information regarding our local and campus cessation resources found here.

If you notice an area where individuals are consistently violating the policy or don’t feel comfortable approaching the violator(s), you can fill out the Hotspot Report Form that is sent directly to Minnesota State Mankato’s Tobacco-Free Task Force. Response to violations will include increased monitoring of the area, providing education on the tobacco-free policy and offering tobacco cessation resources to individuals observed violating the policy. The hotspot report forms will also aid in future environmental planning to deter policy violators.