In the Fall 2021 the University of Windsor will join a growing number of post-secondary institutions that have recently become smoke-free. According to a report released by the Canadian Cancer Society (2020), over 95 Canadian universities and colleges have become 100% smoke-free. Becoming a smoke-free campus (tobacco, cannabis and vaping) is part of the University’s ongoing efforts to foster a healthy and safe learning and working environment for all.
The process to becoming a smoke-free campus provides the University an opportunity to enhance awareness about the health risks associated with tobacco use, cannabis use and vaping, and connect the campus community to resources. Being a smoke-free campus can make it easier for individuals to resist and/or quit smoking.
The University understands that the move to become a smoke-free campus will be a significant change for some students, staff and faculty. Our goal during the transition is to inform, build awareness, enhance understanding and work together to create a healthier campus for all. Supports will be available to individuals who may wish to quit smoking as well as to those who may need help to cope with the change.
There will be some exceptions to the Smoke-Free Campus policy, including burning of the traditional and sacred medicines that are part of Indigenous cultural and spiritual practices.
Campus Community Engagement
In March 2020, students, faculty and staff were invited to participate in the campus consultation process to help shape the Smoke-Free (tobacco, cannabis and vaping) policy and associated implementation strategies. As the Smoke-Free Campus policy is drafted, members of the campus community will have an opportunity to provide additional feedback. The campus community is also invited to bring forward questions, ideas and concerns through the “Share Your Thoughts” form found below.