George Brown has joined the growing list of Canadian educational institutions to go completely smoke-free.
This includes smoking or vaping tobacco and cannabis substances at all campus locations.
People who wish to smoke can still do so on sidewalks that are city property but must stay at least nine metres away from college entrances. The ban also extends to cars parked on college property.
The school is also implementing more services to help people quit smoking.
McMaster University declared itself Ontario’s first “100 per cent tobacco and smoke-free campus” as of Jan. 1, 2018. Its ban includes cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, mini-cigars, pipes, water pipes, hookah, shisha, pot and vaping.
The University of Toronto is reviewing its smoking policy on all three of its campuses. In an email, a university spokesperson says smoking is already not allowed in buildings or in residences.
Regarding cannabis, the spokesperson says that “under Ontario’s Cannabis Act, use of cannabis will be banned in all workplaces and public spaces. At U of T, that includes offices, classrooms, libraries, athletic facilities, and campus grounds.”
Students living in U of T residences already sign contracts agreeing not to smoke in their rooms, and that will now include smoking cannabis.
As the number of smokers continue to decline across Canada, there is growing pressure on authorities to ensure no exposure to second-hand smoke. -CINEWS