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"Enacting the tobacco-free policy at the University will greatly improve the campus atmosphere for all  stakeholders of our campus  community," said Kelly Thompson, inbalance Wellness  Coordinator. . "This policy has already created a healthier environment for students, staff, and visitors at the campus, and we look forward to the long-term health benefits of its implementation as well as supporting a culture change across our campus."

 

The Saint Mary’s University campus became completely tobacco-free across campus grounds and parking areas on September 1, 2013. The tobacco-free policy, which prohibits the use of all tobacco products  (traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chew, pipes, cigars, hookah or water pipe smoking, snus, snuff, etc.), applies to all areas of the campus, indoors and out.

E-cigarette Highlights

Smoke-Free Nova Scotia E-CigaretteQ&A

Smoke-Free Nova Scotia Position Statement on E-Cigarettes Position Statement

Tobacco Policy Working Committee

A campus-wide committee was formed in January 2011 and intentionally included representation from administration, staff and students, as well as connecting to outside agencies such as Smoke-Free Nova Scotia and the Lung Association of Nova Scotia, and Capital Health. 

Initially we wanted to reduce exposure to second hand smoke, tobacco policies have been found to lower tobacco consumption among workplace employees and may help smokers to quit and stay quit. We began with a two-phase approach. Initially two smoking areas were designated in the quad between McNally building and the Student Centre and along the Homburg Centre courtyard.  With on-going concerns raised by faculty, staff and student, the ban was expanded to include the whole campus by September 1, 2013.

Within the context of universities and colleges, tobacco free policies are popping up all across North America. There is a movement to address and reduce smoking among students on campuses, particularly in Canada and United States. “This is a unique opportunity to influence our future citizens of the world”, stated Gabe Morrison, VP of Administration and Finance. We are very proud to be one of the first Universities in Canada to make a healthier environment for all our students and their families”.

The policy can be found at:

http://www.smu.ca/webfiles/6-2014TobaccoFreeCampus.pdf

The Tobacco Policy Working Committee will evaluate reports of repeated offenders, neighborhood concerns, and overall policy issues and will recommend actions for resolution.

 

Students Want to Take Action?

Join Tobacco-free Take Action! Working with the Student Health and Wellness committee and SMUSA, we are committed to improving awareness and education through organizing new tobacco-free initiatives throughout the academic year.

Getting involved in Tobacco-free Take Action! is a great way to serve the Saint Mary’s community. You can also suggest that your group, society, or class project get involved with their own initiative, or joins ours!

Please contact: Kelly.thompson@smu.ca

 

Related Links

World Health Organization

Lung Association of Nova Scotia

Smoke-Free Nova Scotia 

Cancer Care Society

 

Cessation Programs & Services

Capital Health – Stop Smoking Services

Smokers Help line