A change is in the air: Changes to campus smoking policy

- Melanie Groves

UVic is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and visitors. Beginning September 1, 2011, smoking will only be permitted in designated areas outside Ring Road. Look for the marked benches and new cigarette receptacles in convenient and accessible locations within a three-minute walk of any campus building.

This change follows the 2007 introduction of UVic’s Smoking Policy, which prohibited smoking within 10 metres of buildings and structures. The university has continued to receive requests from staff and students to reduce second-hand smoke in their areas of work and study.

Look for more information, including FAQs and a campus map showing the locations of designated smoking areas, on the Occupational Health, Safety and Environment website. To provide feedback about this initiative, please contact clearair@uvic.ca.

So you think you’re ready to quit

Human Resources, Health Services and Occupational Health, Safety and Environment are pleased to present “So You Think You're Ready to Quit,” a summer lunch-and-learn series for UVic staff and students who want to stop smoking. In this fun and interactive series participants will learn tools and strategies to support their smoking cessation efforts.

Workshop topics include Creating a Healthier You, Strategies for Success, Smoking Cessation Resources and Products, Nutrition, Stress Management and Physical Activity.

Bring your lunch and bring a friend. Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m., from July 20 to Aug. 31 (no workshop Aug. 24) in Clearihue room A308. No registration required – just drop in.

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