Human Resources

Let's Clear the Air Here

Words - Let's clear the air here

Are you ready to quit smoking cigarettes?

Whether you are a student, staff or faculty member, help to quit smoking is available, including special STOP workshops hosted by the Middlesex-London Health Unit.  The next workshop is being held April 17, 2019.

Learn more about the help available to quit smoking

July 1, 2019 - Western goes smoke-free

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

Western is working to create 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. Step two, limiting smoking to designated areas only, went into effect July 1, 2018.

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 began walking around our campus in August 2018 to ensure smokers are aware of the new smoking policy. They 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 smokers and non-smokers, 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. Thank you to all who are helping to "clear the air".

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.