Important message re: Smoking on Campus

Sep 3, 2010

In an effort to improve smoking control on campus, and promote a healthy environment for all students, staff and visitors, Niagara College will introduce an updated on-campus smoking policy this fall.

Designated smoking areas will be clearly identified, and each campus will include one area with an enclosed shelter with ample ventilation. At Welland, this area will be located near the south entrance to Simcoe, and at the NOTL Campus it will be located at the edge of the East Parking Lot just across from the Main East Wing entrance. Smoking will also be permitted in the SAC outdoor patio at each campus, and in the designated areas at both Campus residences. Please note that Smoking will no longer be permitted in the courtyard.

The updated policy will be strictly enforced by Campus security and outside law enforcement as necessary, and violators will be fined.

Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of premature death and disability in Canada, and medical evidence suggest that exposure to second-hand smoke is hazardous to health and can cause disease in healthy non-smokers. Niagara College supports smoking cessation strategies for staff and students, including strategies that include medical support through physician consultation, proven pharmaceutical aids and professional counselling.

For further information, contact Dian Thiessen, Acting Manager of Security and Parking at ext. 7350.


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