Let's Clear the Air Here

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Are you ready to quit smoking cigarettes? 

Whether you are a student, staff or faculty member, help is available, including two special STOP workshops being held on campus on October 15, 2018.

Learn more about the help available to you to quit smoking

July 1, 2018 - Western takes a step closer to a smoke-free campus

Western has taken the next big step in our transition to a smoke-free campus.  As of July 1, 2018 smoking on main campus is now limited to six designated smoking areas.

Western has been working toward a healthier, cleaner environment for those who study, live, work and visit our university with a three-step plan to go smoke-free by the summer of 2019. The first step (January 1, 2018) created a 10-meter smoke-free space around all buildings while the second and most recent step took place July 1, 2018 and allows smoking only in the newly created designated smoking areas.

The final step will take place July 1, 2019 when designated smoking areas are removed and Western becomes smoke-free.

Western’s new smoking policy, now in effect, recognizes and provides exemptions for traditional cultural or spiritual practices by Indigenous members of the Western community. Aside from identified exemptions, the policy includes all forms of smoking, vaping and tobacco use.

Enforcement

Smoke-free Campus Ambassadors will be found around our campus beginning in late August 2018 to ensure smokers are aware of the new smoking policy. They will help identify designated areas and point smokers to the website where individuals can get more information on the new policy, and find out about supports for those who wish to quit.

Because fresh air and a cleaner campus are good for all of us, all members of our community are encouraged to participate in achieving these goals by respectfully approaching and informing smokers who may not be aware of the new restrictions.

If you are a smoker, please respect those around you by smoking only in designated smoking areas.

If you are a smoker who wishes to quit – please read more about supports available to those who wish to quit.  We want to help!

Have you got questions or comments about smoking on campus at Western or our move to a smoke-free campus?  Please email cleartheair@uwo.ca.