U of Ottawa among many campuses considering going smoke-free

The University of Ottawa (U of O) is exploring the idea of going smoke-free according to Michael Histed, the university’s director of risk management. If U of O goes smoke-free, it will be the second university in Ontario to do so, after McMaster announced their decision to support a smoke-free campus starting Jan. 1, 2018. Histed said in an email that they conducted a survey in the spring about smoking and smoke-free campuses. He said over 65 per cent of staff and students surveyed supported a smoke-free campus. Histed added that this policy will not be easy to manage, but the university will try its best to convey the message and enforce the policy. “The survey gave a very positive […]

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McMaster University to go smoke-free in January 2018

McMaster University is set to have a completely smoke-free campus starting January 2018, according to a Sept. 18 announcement made by the university. According to the press release, the use of tobacco and all “oral smoking devices” will be prohibited. To prepare students for the change, McMaster is carrying out a comprehensive program to help students and staff adapt to the new changes, according to the press release. Wanda McKenna, McMaster’s assistant vice president and chief of human resources officer, told CBC News that cannabis would be included in the ban, but said there are other allowed forms such as pills. A cross-campus group is responsible for the planning and implementation of the policy change, according to the press release. The group […]

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UPEI to have a smoke free campus

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) has announced that its campus will be completely smoke-free starting Sept 1.  According to a press release on the UPEI website, this decision comes after a review that took place from May 2015 to May 2016, where a working group that consisted of students, staff, faculty, and community partners conducted research that included a campus-wide survey followed by public consultations.  The updated policy bans tobacco in all its forms on campus including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, water pipes, and any other form of tobacco. Additionally, the policy also prohibits the advertisement as well as sale, promotion, and distribution of tobacco on campus, although exceptions will be made for Indigenous cultural ceremonies. Hammad Ahmed, president […]

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Letter: Campuses should not go smoke-free

McGill University has proposed an entirely smoke-free campus, but Carleton should not follow suit. As terrible for you as smoking might be, everyone should have a right to do it. We all know that smoking causes cancer. As a non-smoker, no one likes breathing in a heavy cloud of cancerous smoke on their way to class or the library. Everyone should have clean air, but if we start to ban smoking entirely, it becomes a slippery slope to infringing on students’ freedom. Carleton’s current smoking policy is prohibition of smoking within 10 meters of any entrance or exit, and any intake or open window for any building or residence. It came into effect in August 2008, and is a fair […]

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