Utrecht University wishes to offer its students and employees a safe and healthy environment. That is why it will make its premises smoke-free in phases, with the exception of a number of designated smoking spots. In pilots the university will test what works and what does not. 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. Also because of sustainibility reasons, because it takes up to eighteen months for a butt to break off. Of course, the choice to smoke remains the students’ and employees’ own responsibility. The university only identifies specific places where you may smoke. The UU offers various types of support for students and employees if they want to quit smoking. With its smoke-free premises, the university will join the social support for smoke-free initiatives. Read more about the smoke-free premises.
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