McMaster University in Ontario will institute a wide-ranging ban on smoking of any kind anywhere on university property
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Ontario’s first “100 %” smoke-free university

Ontario is the most populous province in Canada and has some 22 university institutions.

Although many have strict smoking policies and are subject to provincial anti-smoking rules, McMaster University in Hamilton , Ontario, is set to become the first 100% smoke free educational institution in the province.

Not just “tobacco free”, but with the prospect of recreational marijuana becoming legalized next year, that too will be banned, as will non-tobacco “vaping”, along with use of hookahs and shisha.  Even medicinal marijuana smoking will be banned, as administrators say medicinal marijuana is available in non-smoking formats such as pills.

Some universities have already begun to include *e-cigarettes* in regulartions regarding smoking bans in buildings. McMaster will ban e-cigarettes and any smoking device anywhere on or in university property.
Some universities have already begun to include *e-cigarettes* and vaping in regulations regarding smoking bans in buildings. McMaster will also ban these and all other types of smoking on its properties. © Canadian Press

Various provincial laws, including Ontario, as well as federal laws regarding federally regulated workspaces, ban smoking in public buildings, and even outside within a few metres of the various entrances to those buildings. but McMaster’s new policy goes much further.

Not only is smoking banned in all university buildings (that would include student residences) but anywhere on university properties. Current provincial and federal  laws Smoking in cars parked on university property is also to be banned.

There will be one type of exception however. The university states on its website that, “McMaster University recognizes the unique relationship that many Indigenous cultures have with traditional and sacred medicines.  As such, exemptions to this policy will be granted, upon request, to members of the McMaster University community”.

Other universities that have banned smoking in or near its buildings note that it will take time for the policies to be fully accepted and become completely effective. © CBC

Officials also say that the university is preparing a variety of resources to help people quit smoking.

The policy will be phased in starting on January 1, 2018.

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