26 August 2019

Leuvenplein smoke-free from now on

From now on, the Leuvenplein is smoke-free. You can smoke in the smoking shelter on the Leuvenplaan. This is the location that 60% of the respondents preferred. The old smoking facility is reused. You can now sit in it and plants provide a little more green. The temporary smoking pillars in front of the Administration building have been removed. The Leuvenplein is located between the Marinus Ruppert building and the Administration building.

Addressing each other

If you see anyone smoking on the Leuvenplein please speak to them in a friendly manner, point out that the square is smoke-free and refer to the smoking shelter on the Leuvenlaan. If the situation becomes unpleasant, call the Security department on 030-253 13 00. Security staff and specially trained staff are around to ensure that Leuvenplein is smoke-free. They have followed a course on how to address a smoker in a hospitable manner. We all enforce the smoke-free premises together: employees, students and visitors.

UU premises smoke-free in stages

Utrecht University makes its premises smoke-free in stages in order to provide a safe and healthy work and study environment. The Leuvenplein is one of the two pilot locations. The University Library in the city centre is the second location. The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport is working on legislation on smoke-free school premises from 1 August 2020. It is not yet clear how a smoking ban will be implemented exactly for colleges of higher vocational education and universities. There is a chance that it will no longer be allowed to have smoking facilities on the university premises after that date. That is why the UU does not want to spend a lot of money on a smoking facility on the Leuvenplein and that it reused the old smoking shelter.

More information

Do you want to know more about the smoke-free Leuvenplein? Send an email to rookvrij@uu.nl or check the webpage about smoking.
Do you want to know more about the renovation of the Leuvenplein? Then visit the website or send an email to communicatievenc@uu.nl.