Smoking on campus

UNB will implement one of the following policies once the survey results have been analyzed:

Maintaining the status quo

UNB’s current smoking policy is as follows:

  • Smoking is not permitted in any university building, including residence rooms
  • All building entrances are designated as non-smoking areas
  • Smoking is not permitted within a 10-meter perimeter of any university building, or adjacent to any ventilation air intake. Further details can be found in UNB’s environmental health & safety handbook.

Why status quo?

  • In line with provincial laws
  • Balances the rights and needs of both smokers and non-smokers
  • Smoking rates are continuously in decline and additional steps may not be necessary

Introduce designated smoking areas

  • Smoking tobacco would be restricted to Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) on campus
  • DSAs would be strategically placed to permit individuals who smoke reasonable and safe access, while also avoiding high traffic areas

Why DSAs?

  • Further restrict second-hand smoke exposure
  • Provide a safe and comfortable option for individuals who wish to smoke on campus
  • Avoid forcing individuals who smoke to go off of campus property

Smoke-free campus

  • Smoking would be banned everywhere on campus – both indoors and outdoors.

The smoke-free policy would apply to any and all individuals on campus including, but not limited to, students, staff, faculty, visitors and contractors.

Why smoke-free campuses?

  • The healthiest option
  • Avoid significant costs associated with creating and maintaining DSAs
  • Can help people who wish to quit smoking to successfully reach their goal

Are there other universities in Atlantic Canada that have a smoke-free campus?

Several universities in Atlantic Canada are smoke-free, including: Dalhousie University, Acadia University, Saint Mary’s University and the University of Prince Edward Island.