In 2011 Memorial adopted a smoking policy to align with its
commitment to provide a safe, smoke-free environment for students,
faculty and staff.
The university adopted a path to a smoke-free campus with a phased-in
approach to banning smoking on all campuses that came fully into effect
in 2013. However, a smoke-free campus has not been achieved.
In the spring of 2019, Memorial surveyed the university community to
explore individual experiences and suggestions for improvements related
to the smoking policy. The survey results were used to inform the
revised policy draft.
As examples, of the 2,888 responses received, 97 per cent of
respondents say they have seen someone smoke on campuses; 61 per cent
feel they have been affected by second-hand smoke exposure; and more
than 650 survey responses suggested a designated smoking area as
something to consider.
Considering designated areas
Based on survey feedback, observations since the policy was
implemented and a review of provincial legislation, the revised policy
draft considers the concept of designated smoking areas, while
committing to a smoke-free campus in all other areas.
In accordance with the university’s policy framework, a revised smoking policy is available for consultation. Members of the university community are invited to review the documents and forward comments to the Office of the Chief Risk Officer by April 15, 2020.
After consultation concludes, a recommendation for any required
amendments to the policy will go to the Board of Regents later in 2020.
The draft policy can be found here: Draft Smoking Policy.