With the recent flurry of discussion regarding the possible creation of a smoke-free campus at MSU, it’s hard not to wonder what exactly a smoke-free policy would look like and how it would work.

MSU’s student government groups have been debating the pros and cons of a smoke-free campus — or at least the reduction of smoking cigarettes on campus — for several weeks, discussing the most practical way to approach the problem. Where some people were supportive of reducing health risks, others were less supportive of reducing student, faculty and staff rights.

But a research institute in Texas has stumbled upon an intriguing incentive for campuses to institute smoke-free policies: money.
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT, which has been authorized to issue $3 billion in bonds over 10 years to fund cancer research, has created new rules to limit funding to research institutions that do not comply with cigarettes store reduction policies.

About $600 million already has been granted, primarily to academic institutions, according to a New York Times article.

The CPRIT adopted a policy last month that requires grant recipients to have policies prohibiting cheap cigarettes use where financed research is occurring. If financed institutions do not comply with the policy, they could face a reduction in funding. It’s not a mandate or legislation, but its monetary value still is powerful leverage.

Bill Gimson, executive director of the CPRIT, said the progress toward anti discount cigarette online policies on campuses is “a wave,” the bulk of which is still yet to come. Currently, more than 600 campuses across the U.S. are smoke-free.

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