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Consultation open

Memorial University community asked for smoking policy feedback

Campus and Community

By Sandy Woolfrey-Fahey

Note: In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial is postponing the smoking policy consultation to fall 2020. Submissions previously sent will be included. Consultation opening and closing dates will be announced in the fall.

In 2011 Memorial adopted a smoking policy to align with its commitment to provide a safe, smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff.

Have your say
The community is invited to provide input on Memorial’s revised draft smoking policy.

The university adopted a path to a smoke-free campus with a phased-in approach to banning smoking on all campuses that came fully into effect in 2013. However, a smoke-free campus has not been achieved.

In the spring of 2019, Memorial surveyed the university community to explore individual experiences and suggestions for improvements related to the smoking policy. The survey results were used to inform the revised policy draft.

As examples, of the 2,888 responses received, 97 per cent of respondents say they have seen someone smoke on campuses; 61 per cent feel they have been affected by second-hand smoke exposure; and more than 650 survey responses suggested a designated smoking area as something to consider.

Considering designated areas

Based on survey feedback, observations since the policy was implemented and a review of provincial legislation, the revised policy draft considers the concept of designated smoking areas, while committing to a smoke-free campus in all other areas.

In accordance with the university’s policy framework, a revised smoking policy is available for consultation. Members of the university community are invited to review the documents and forward comments to the Office of the Chief Risk Officer by April 15, 2020.

After consultation concludes, a recommendation for any required amendments to the policy will go to the Board of Regents later in 2020.

The draft policy can be found here: Draft Smoking Policy.


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