Smoking 

UNB Reference Number: 7832
Authorized by: R. L. Armstrong, President,
Effective Date: (Original Policy Oct. 20/87)
Revised: May 1, 2004
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Intent

Acknowledging that cigarette smoke continues to be reported as a major contributing factor in the development of coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and lung cancer and recognizing that exposure to secondhand smoke poses a significant health hazard to non-smokers, the University of New Brunswick has taken another step in the continuing evolution of its policy on smoking, in concert with other wellness initiatives, to ensure a healthier smoke-free environment for all those who live, work and visit the UNB campuses.

Scope

This policy applies to the Fredericton and Saint John campuses.

Policy

The University has approved the following steps toward reducing smoking on the campuses:

  • Smoking will not be permitted in any University building, within a ten meter perimeter of any University building, or adjacent to any ventilation air intake.
  • All building entrances will be non-smoking areas.
  • All Residence Buildings, including residence rooms, will be non-smoking.
  • All buildings or areas where members of the public are invited to assemble, including food service areas, reception areas and meeting rooms, will be non-smoking.
  • "No Smoking" signs will be posted at all entrances to buildings and at appropriate locations outside buildings by the Department of Physical Plant.
  • Employees who smoke but wish to stop may contact the Department of Human Resources and Organizational Development for information on smoking cessation programs and for information on treatment covered by the UNB group benefits plans.

Enforcement

The success of this policy will depend upon the consideration and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. All faculty, staff, students and visitors share in the responsibility for adhering to this policy. The right of the non-smoker to protect his/her health and safety will take precedence over another's desire to smoke. The Dean, Department Chairperson, or Director will be responsible for enforcement of this policy.