Tobacco Use Statistics

  • A friendly reminder that our entire campus is 100% tobacco-free!
  • A no-smoking rule is not a “no smokers rule”. We are not excluding or judging those who wish to smoke; we are just asking them not to use tobacco on our campus.
  • The number of daily smokers at Minnesota State Mankato has decreased by 64% over the last 10 years. (1)
  • Since 2012, Minnesota State Mankato students using tobacco within the last 30 days has decreased from 19.2% to 11%. (1)
  • 70.7% of Minnesota State Mankato students have never used tobacco. (1)
  • As of January 1, 2016, there were 1,475 smoke-free campuses, of which 1,128 were fully tobacco free. (2)
  • College is when young people are more likely to start smoking, and become regular, not just occasional, tobacco users; 99% of all regular smokers start by the age of 26. If we don’t change the status quo on college campuses, it’s projected that more than 1 million current college students will die from tobacco use. (5)

Tobacco Use Side Effects

  • If current rates don’t change, 1 in 13 children, or 5.6 million Americans younger than 18 alive today, will die early from smoking-related disease. (3)
  • Tobacco use and secondhand smoke cause illnesses such as lung cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, and respiratory problems. Smoking causes one of every three cancer deaths. (2)
  • Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the country. Smoking kills more Americans than alcohol, car crashes, AIDS-related causes, fires, heroin, cocaine, homicide and suicide combined. (2)
  • Tobacco-free policies reduce the costs for grounds and building maintenance, which is borne by the tobacco companies or their consumers, but rather by the institutions and communities they inhabit. One study found 77% fewer cigarette butts on college campuses with 100% smoke-free campus-wide policies. (5)
  • Of the more than 172 toxic substances tobacco smoke contains, 3 are regulated outdoor air pollutants, 33 are hazardous air pollutants, 47 are chemicals restricted as hazardous waste and 67 are known human or animal carcinogens. (4)

Tobacco Use Costs

  • Numerous studies demonstrate that employees who smoke tobacco have higher levels of absenteeism and healthcare costs in comparison to employees that don’t smoke. It’s estimated that it costs an extra $5,816 annuallyto employ a smoker. (5)
  • Data from 2006 indicates exposure to secondhand smoke costs about $5.6 billion annually in lost productivity. (5)

Secondhand Smoke

  • There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke has been proven to travel outside of designated smoking areas. (5)
  • There are more than 480,000 deaths each year in the US caused by cigarette use and exposure to secondhand smoke. (5)

Quit Tips

  • Students, staff, and faculty can receive a free quit kit from Student Health Services. The kit includes flavored toothpicks, mints, play-doh, and free quit resources to distract or delay cravings while on campus.
  • Free cessation resources including free email, text, and phone coaching for all Minnesotans, available through QUITPLAN. Visit for more information.
  • If you see someone smoking on campus and feel comfortable approaching them, kindly inform them that our campus has a tobacco-free policy.
  • 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 a Hotspot Report Form, that is sent directly to Minnesota State Mankato’s Tobacco-Free Task Force.
  • Lower-cost nicotine replacement therapies available for students to purchase at the Student Health Services Pharmacy.
  • Download an app on your phone to help you create a quit plan or provide distractions
    • quitSTART
    •  Smoke Free
    • Kwit
    • Livestrong MyQuit Coach
  • Quitting?
    • Make it public
    • Track progress on visible calendar
    • Sign up for reminder texts
    • Exercise
    • Freshen breath with a mint
    • Try nicotine replacement therapies


  1. American College Health Association National College Health Assessment 2012, 2016
  2. American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation
  3. The Health Consequences of Smoking- 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General (2014)
  4. Outdoor Air Pollution From Secondhand Smoke, James L. Repace