As of August 13th 2018, Vanier College is a smoke-free institution and campus. Smoking of any kind and of all substances including tobacco products and electronic cigarettes is no longer permitted in any building or on the entire grounds of the college, including the Lachute Field Station or other satellite campus grounds or facilities owned or leased by Vanier. Anyone wishing to smoke will have to leave the campus grounds and do so while on public property. A few ashtrays have been installed around the perimeter of campus grounds and anyone wishing to smoke is asked to use them.
“Vanier is now implementing the complete ban on smoking on campus, which was announced last October. The College is committed to protecting the health of our community and all students, faculty, and staff, and visitors to the College have the right to enjoy a smoke-free environment at all times. Vanier already has other policies such as a ban on the sale of fried foods and soft drinks, and the smoking ban is the latest in our efforts to support and promote healthy living habits,” said Mr. John McMahon, Director General of Vanier College.
This policy, applies to students, faculty and staff as well as contractors and visitors of Vanier College. The College has installed new signage throughout the campus to make all aware of the total smoking ban and will offer assistance to any member of the Vanier community wanting to stop smoking.
According to the policy it is strictly prohibited for anyone to use tobacco and other smoking products:
- in any building;
- in any field;
- in any temporary or permanent installation on campus;
- in any vehicle parked on the college grounds;
- and to sell tobacco products, other smoking substances, electronic cigarettes or promote tobacco products on college premises.
A verbal warning will be given for a first offence while repeat offenders risk facing disciplinary action from the College.
In keeping with guidelines introduced by the Quebec government’s Minister of Health and Social Services designed to curb tobacco use in public institutions, Vanier College will also launch an annual anti-smoking campaign on campus in collaboration with the College’s Student Association. As well, the College has posted new signage and publicized this new policy to ensure all employees and students as well as visitors are aware of the new regulations.