Cape Breton University is committed to providing a healthy work and educational environment for its students, employees and visitors. Effective October 17, 2018, under the new Smoke-Free Campus Policy, CBU will transition to a smoke free campus with two designated smoking areas.
The Smoke-Free Campus Policy covers tobacco, cannabis, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and hookahs. Employees should also reference the new Substance Use Policy and students should review the Student Code of Conduct.
Cape Breton University’s Smoke-Free Campus policy, recognizes and provides exemptions for traditional cultural or spiritual practices by Indigenous members of the CBU community.
Smoke-Free Campus FAQ
Why is the university going smoke-free?
CBU is committed to providing a safe, healthy and clean place in which to study, work, visit, and live. Recognizing the detrimental impact smoking has on health and well-being of smokers and others, the new Smoke-Free Campus policy is the next step in that commitment.
What does smoke-free campus mean?
Smoke-free campus means that smoking is not permitted inside university owned buildings or vehicles and only on campus in designated smoking areas. There are two designated smoking areas on campus. See map.
Many campuses are completely smoke-free without any designated smoking areas. Why hasn’t CBU taken this approach?
This was considered; however, given the location of our campus on the Sydney-Glace Bay Highway, there were safety concerns for those who choose to smoke. Providing designated smoking areas allows CBU to meet its commitment to providing a safe and healthy working and learning environment. According to a Department of Transportation traffic study, approximately 25000 vehicles travel the Sydney-Glace Bay Highway daily.
When does the policy come into effect?
The Cape Breton University Smoke-Free Campus Policy comes into effect on October 17, 2018.
To whom does the new Smoke-Free Policy apply?
The policy applies to students, faculty, staff, contract service workers, and visitors to campus.
Where are the designated smoking areas?
There are two designated smoking areas on campus. See map.
What forms of smoking are covered under the Smoke-Free policy?
Smoking includes the inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying of any lighted or heated tobacco product or other plan product intended for inhalation, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs (waterpipe) and cannabis. Smoking also includes the use of any oral or electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol or vapor such as e-cigarettes or vaporizers.
Is there assistance available if I am ready to quit smoking?
Yes. Under the Employee and Family Assistance Program, individuals can access Smoking Cessation support and programs via telephone or online. Please contact Human Resources for more information.
Support is available for students by contacting the Max Bell Health Centre or by calling 811 to speak with a Smoking Cessation Support Worker.
Does the policy have exemptions for Indigenous Ceremonies?
Yes. Cape Breton University recognizes the unique relationship that many Indigenous cultures have with traditional and sacred medicines such as tobacco, sweet grass, sage, and cedar, among others. The burning of sacred medicines will be conducted in accordance with the Smudging Ceremony Safety Guidelines.
Am I allowed to smoke in my own vehicle? What about university owned vehicle?
Individuals are permitted to smoke in their vehicles if the vehicle is parked in one of the designated smoking areas.
Smoking is not permitted in any university owned vehicle.
How will new students and employees be advised of the policy?
New employees will be advised of the policy as part of their orientation process. New students will be informed of policy through Week of Welcome information sessions.
As part of CBU’s commitment to harm reduction on campus, education sessions will be held throughout the year focused on smoking cessation, responsible cannabis use, among other topics.
How will you enforce the smoking policy?
All faculty, staff and students are expected to comply with University policy. We will continue to focus our efforts on promoting a culture change to one of clean air and a clean environment. We would rather create this change through awareness, education, respect, peer-to-peer encouragement, and support. Therefore, our main focus will be on voluntary compliance through education, signage, and awareness. We believe that’s the kind of campus and approach that will work best for everyone – both smokers and non-smokers.
What will happen if someone is smoking outside of the designated smoking areas?
Campus Security will take every opportunity to educate people about the new policy. For individuals who do not comply to the policy the consequences are as follows:
Students will be issued a ticket with a fine of $50 for the first offence, $100 for the second and $250 for the third. If a student is found smoking after a third offence, they will be referred to the Student Judicial Board for disciplinary action.
Employees will be reported to their immediate supervisor and may face disciplinary action.
Visitors to the campus will be asked to leave.
What do I do if I see someone smoking outside of the designated smoking areas?
Providing a safe and healthy campus is a shared responsibility. Although it will be up to security to enforce, they can’t do it alone. We ask people to be respectful when educating others about the new Smoke-Free Campus Policy. Reports can also be made to Campus Security by calling or texting 902-578-2318.
Can I tell someone to butt out if they are smoking?
We ask people to be respectful if they choose to inform smokers about the policy or to offer support for smoking cessation programs. This is part of raising awareness.
Was there consultation on this new policy?
Consultation occurred with the Students’ Union, International Student Advisors and the administration of the International Centre for English Academic Preparation (ICEAP).
Feedback was requested from the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee and Deans, Directors and Managers from various schools and departments. Union representatives were also consulted.
Who should I contact if I have questions or feedback about the Smoke-Free Campus policy?
Employees with questions or feedback regarding the policy should speak with their supervisor or a representative from the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.
Students can contact Campus Security for assistance.
If you have questions about the enforcement of the Smoke-Free Campus policy, please contact the Manager of Security.