Analysts have linked the decrease in cigarette use to a shift towards vape products rather than a decrease in nicotine consumption.
The problematic policy would ban new employees from using legal products.
The bill’s proponents aim to aid public health, but opponents argue it would curtail individual rights.
Public housing residents in Columbia may soon no longer be permitted to smoke in their homes.
Parts of Conley, Hitt, Ninth and Rollins streets are now off-limits to smokers.
As a college town, the new rule could majorly affect Columbia.
Smokers on campus have decreased but not dispersed completely.
There are no set consequences for smoking on campus in the new policy.
Despite MU's new smoke-free policy, people are smoking outside of the designated areas on campus.
The second phase of the policy will designate specific areas for smoking in July.
MOVE visited four Columbia smoke shops.
American Indians have the highest smoking rate.
Although Asian Americans begin smoking later, they are more likely to smoke regularly.
Campus aims to be smoke-free by Jan. 1, 2014.