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This online version is for convenience; the official version of this policy is housed in the University Secretariat. In case of discrepancy between the online version and the official version held by the Secretariat, the official version shall prevail.

Approving Authority: Board of Governors

Original Approval Date: July 2002

Date of Most Recent Review/Revision: July 25, 2015

Office of Accountability: Vice-President: Finance and Administration

Administrative Responsibility: Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management (SHERM)


1.00 Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of premature death and disability in Canada. There is also medical evidence which indicates that exposure to second-hand smoke is hazardous to health and can cause disease in healthy non-smokers. The university is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its employees and students and promotes compliance with provincial and municipal regulations by:

i) Promoting a smoke free environment;

ii) Ensuring that the University is in compliance with municipal smoking by-laws, and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act; and

iii) Establishing educational programs and assistance for University staff, faculty and students who currently smoke or use tobacco products and wish to quit.


2.01 “Smoking”: the act of lighting, inhaling, exhaling or holding a lit or activated cigarette, pipe, cigar, hookah, or other apparatus used for smoking substances, including e-cigarettes.

2.02 “Electronic cigarette” (“e-cigarette”): A vaporizer or inhalant-type device, whether called an electronic cigarette or any other name, that contains a power source and heating element designed to heat a substance and produce a vapour intended to be inhaled by the user of the device directly through the mouth, whether or not the vapour contains nicotine.

2.03 “Use” with respect to e-cigarettes includes: inhaling and exhaling vapour from an e-cigarette or holding an activated e-cigarette.

204 “University building”: a building that is owned, operated, leased or rented by Wilfrid Laurier University.

2.05 “University sporting area”: an outdoor playing area or surface that is owned, operated, leased or rented by Wilfrid Laurier University, including but not limited to stadiums, tracks, athletic fields, ice rinks, pools, tennis courts, and spectator areas adjacent to a sporting area.

2.06 “Children’s playgrounds”: a designated outdoor play area for children that is owned, operated, leased or rented by Wilfrid Laurier University, including but not limited to a child care centre play area.


3.00 This policy applies to all Laurier faculty, staff, students, visitors and contractors.


4.01 Smoking is prohibited in all university buildings owned, operated, leased or rented, in university-owned vehicles, on university sporting areas, on children’s playgrounds, and on university-operated bar and restaurant patios.

4.02 Tobacco Products and E-cigarettes Sales

The selling of tobacco products and e-cigarettes on university property or in university buildings is prohibited.

4.03 Smoking Restrictions

Smoking is prohibited inside all buildings. It is also prohibited within 10 meters of any building, or if the building is less than 10m from the property line, prohibited 10m from any doorway. As indicated in 4.01, smoking is also prohibited on bar and restaurant patios that might be outside of this 10m restriction. It is also prohibited within 20m of children’s playgrounds and university sporting areas.

4.04 Aboriginal Use of Traditional Medicines

Use of tobacco and other traditional aboriginal medicines are allowed under certain circumstances, as described in Policy 7.14 Aboriginal Use of Traditional Medicines.

4.05 Exemptions to this Policy may apply where the University has an obligation to provide reasonable accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

4.06 Compliance

Compliance and enforcement will be in accordance with university policy and procedures, as well as applicable legislation or regulation.

Discipline of faculty or staff for violation of this policy will be in accordance with collective agreements and university policy.

Contractors and other visitors must abide by this policy. Contractors are responsible for compliance with this and all other University Policies. Special Constable Services may be contacted to enforce
compliance for visitors.

Organizers and attendees at public events using University buildings, such as conferences, meetings, social events etc., will be required to abide by this policy. Organizers of such events are responsible for communicating this policy to attendees and for enforcing the policy.

Enforcement for student infractions of this policy will be dealt with in accordance with applicable university policies for infractions in and around non-residence buildings; or the Residence Handbook for infractions in and around residence buildings.

This policy and any associated procedures may be amended as required to meet or exceed all applicable legislative or regulatory requirements.

4.06 Signage

Appropriate signage will be placed at all entrances to buildings and at other locations as may be necessary to support this policy. The Department of Physical Resources and/or Facilities Operations will arrange for all signage.

4.07 Smoking Cessation Programs

Health Services and Human Resources are committed to providing resources for students, faculty and staff to support their efforts in smoking cessation. Human Resources can be contacted for smoking
cessation programs relating to both faculty and staff. Health Services can be contacted for smoking cessation programs for students.

Relevant Legislation

Related Policies, Procedures and Documents


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