It’s back to school for Quebec CEGEPs in the coming weeks but one activity that won’t be joining this year’s curriculum is smoking. As of Monday, Vanier College officially joined the list of other CEGEPs in Montreal that have banned smoking entirely on their grounds.
The ban refers to all tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
In Vanier’s case, ashtrays have been installed around the perimeter of campus grounds and students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to use them.
“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,” says Mr. John McMahon, Director General of Vanier College. “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.”
According to the school’s policy it is strictly prohibited for anyone to use tobacco and other smoking products in any building, field or temporary installation on campus. Nobody can smoke in the parking lots or parked vehicles and it selling tobacco products or substances is also banned.
A verbal warning will be given for a first-time offence and repeat offenders risk facing disciplinary actions and a $25 fine.
Since the provincial government mandated a policy for schools to move towards becoming smoke-free in 2016, Vanier College has joined Champlain College Saint-Lambert, Dawson College, Cégep du Vieux Montréal, Collège LaSalle and Marianopolis College in the smoking ban.
John Abbott College currently has a designated smoking area and plans to ban smoking entirely by 2021.