- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Northern Michigan University officials say the Marquette campus is cleaner and some students and employees are likely healthier two years into a tobacco ban.

Spokeswoman Cindy Paavola told The Associated Press Thursday there are far fewer cigarette butts and remnants of chewing tobacco at the Upper Peninsula school since the policy took effect. Some faculty, staff and students also have told university officials the rule change led them to quit smoking or using other tobacco products.

Paavola says the ban has been successful, though challenges include educating visitors and dealing with smokers congregating beyond the campus boundary.

The school marks the anniversary Monday with an event, “It Takes a Village: Going Tobacco-free at NMU,” at the Beaumier Alumni and Welcome Center. Marquette County Health Department representatives will join school officials.

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