The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport is preparing legislation to make the premises of educational institutions smoke-free as from 1 August 2020. A general administrative regulation (AMvB) has been drawn up for this purpose. The Council of Ministers have agreed with State Secretary Blokhuis’ proposal which will now be put forward to the House of Representatives and the Senate.
This regulation, which also applies to universities, is in line with the university’s ambition to offer its employees a healthy environment. That is why it already started making part of its premises smoke-free in 2019, using pilots to test what works and what does not. The Leuvenplein and the premises of the University Library in the city centre are the two pilot locations and they are smoke-free since the summer of 2019.
For university buildings bordering on municipal territory, the rule is that you can smoke when standing at least seven meters away from the entrance/exit of a building.
The university wishes to protect non-smokers against smoke nuisance and passive smoking more than it does now. The UU also wishes to make an end to the annoyance of cigarette butts, which many people find a nuisance. Of course, the choice to smoke remains the students’ own responsibility. The UU offers support if you want to quit smoking (see below).
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