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UofGH and Humber will be smoke-free as of January 1, 2019

This fall, our partners at Humber became the first public college in Canada to adopt the Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, and commit to embedding health and wellness in all aspects of our campus culture. An important step in helping us achieve our ambitious goal of becoming the healthiest campus in Canada is our move to a smoke-free campus. Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber will become smoke-free as of January 1, 2019.

This decision means that smoking of any kind, including smoking tobacco and cannabis products as well as e-cigarettes and vapes, will be prohibited on all Humber property, including the University of Guelph-Humber. Humber property includes all campuses, buildings, spaces, grounds, including residence facilities and all vehicles and/or boats owned or leased by the College. To support this decision, Humber has created a new Smoke-Free Campus Policy. Members of the Humber community who want to smoke will need to leave campus property to do so. Individuals will not be given time away from work or class to smoke.

FAQs

Q: Why are UofGH and Humber making this change?

A: This important step supports the Humber signing of the Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, and our goal of becoming the healthiest campus in Canada.

Q: Students and staff will now need to go off UofGH and Humber property in order to smoke. Will additional time be given to allow them to do so?

A: Individuals will not be given time away from work or class to smoke.

Q: What constitutes Humber property?

A: Humber property includes the University of Guelph-Humber, all campuses, buildings, spaces, grounds, including residence facilities and all vehicles and/or boats owned or leased by the College. Generally speaking, Humber property lines extend to the sidewalk. Humber property includes, but is not limited to:

  • The North Campus
  • The University of Guelph-Humber
  • The Lakeshore Campus path from the cottages to A building
  • Queens Plate parking lot and surrounding green space.  
  • Carrier Drive and in the associated parking lots.  
  • The Humber Arboretum

Individuals wanting to smoke will need to go to the public sidewalk in order to do so. Please be respectful of our residential and business neighbours and their properties.

Q: If a student is caught smoking on UofGH and Humber property after January 1, 2019, will it be a student conduct issue?

A: As we make this transition, we will be focusing on building awareness of the new policy and helping to connect students looking to quit smoking to resources. If a student is repeatedly found to be in violation of the policy, the Student Code of Conduct will apply to their behaviour.

Q: What if I have a medical prescription to smoke cannabis?

A: Requests for accommodation are limited to individuals who provide medical documentation indicating the need to smoke/vape cannabis with a specified regularity coinciding with a scheduled time on campus along with information outlining reasons for not being able to abide by the smoke-free campus policy. Such requests will be reviewed by subject matter experts and determinations will be made as soon as possible.

Students are asked to contact Jacqueline Anderson, associate director, Student Wellness and Development, to submit a formal accommodation request with accompanying medical documentation.

In all other cases, smoking is not permitted on UofGH and Humber property.

Q: Will the smoking shelters be removed?

A: We will be removing all smoking shelters from Humber property by the end of 2018. Some will be repurposed as weather shelters at the Queens Plate parking lot.

Q: What options will students have for stress relief?

A: UofGH and Humber provide several options for stress relieving activities, including on-site fitness centres, recreational intramurals and extramurals and mood walks, as well as counselling services.

Q: Can people go into the Arboretum to smoke?

A: Smoking is prohibited on Humber Arboretum lands and facilities as per the Arboretum policy.

Please visit guelphhumber.ca and humber.ca for the latest information.