Utrecht University is going to make its premises smoke-free in stages in order to provide a safe and healthy work and study environment. The premises of the University Library in the city centre will be one of the first smoke-free locations. The courtyard and inner garden will be smoke-free, with one designated smoking spot where employees, students and visitors are allowed to smoke. Employees and students were able to indicate their preference for the location and features of the smoking facility through a questionnaire. Almost hundred people did this.
Result of questionnaire
Two thirds of the respondents preferred option B (see map). One third wished to keep the smoking facility on the current location. The majority of smokers and non-smokers preferred option B. The existing smoking facility will be relocated and used again on the new location. It will include a place to sit, there will be some plants around it and there will be a good provision for cigarette buts.
When will the UBB premises be smoke-free?
Maintenance work is taking place in the summer and the smoking facility will also be reconditioned. From 2 September 2019 the inner garden and courtyard are smoke-free after which you can only smoke in the smoking facility in the inner garden. On the Drift you smoke at least seven meters from the entrance to the library and from windows that can be opened.
Legislation on smoke-free school premises
It has been known for some time that primary schools, secondary schools and VET schools are obligated to make their premises 100% smoke-free before 1 August 2020. Since mid-March 2019, it is clear that the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport is preparing a general administrative regulation that states that this obligation will also apply to colleges of higher vocational education and universities.
It is not yet clear how a smoking ban will be implemented exactly. Of course, Utrecht University keeps track of changes in regulations. In terms of the design of the smoking facilities at the pilot locations, the UU will take into account that these may be temporary and it will reuse current facilities as much as possible.