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Smokefree Policy


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The University Will|

Staff Will|

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Enforcement Of This Policy|




The aim of this policy is to protect all staff, students, contractors and visitors from exposure to second-hand smoke and to assist compliance with the Health Act 2006.

Exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses.  Ventilation or separating smokers and non-smokers within the same airspace does not completely stop potentially dangerous exposure.

The University acknowledges that breathing second-hand smoke poses a risk to health.  The following policy has been agreed between the institution and its employees.


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It is the policy of De Montfort University that all of its workplaces and vehicles are smoke-free and that all staff and students have a right to work in a smoke-free environment. The policy relates to the smoking of all nicotine-containing products, including e-cigarettes.


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Smoking is prohibited in the University buildings with no exceptions.

It is important that smokers also move away from the entrances of the buildings and from ventilation intakes and windows while smoking to ensure smoke does not encroach into the building and so as not to conflict with the University’s healthy image.  Therefore the University will operate a notional ‘10m’ exclusion zone on its property around its buildings beyond which those who wish to smoke may do so. 

Smokers are asked to help keep the campus tidy by using the bins provided for cigarette ends.


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All work vehicles will be smoke-free at all times.


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The University Will

  • Display No Smoking Signs as required by the legislation.
  • Ensure staff, students, contractors and visitors do not smoke in smoke-free places and vehicles.
  • Investigate complaints regarding staff, student, contractor and visitors smoking.
  • Inform, consult and train staff on this policy.


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Staff Will

  • Ensure that they or others do not interfere with No Smoking signs.
  • Comply with the Smoke-Free Policy.
  • Ensure students, contractors and visitors do not smoke in smoke-free places and      vehicles.
  • Report incidents of smoking in smoke-free areas and vehicles.


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Students, Contractors & Visitors

Students are not permitted to smoke in smoke-free areas or vehicles. All visitors, contractors, deliverers and temporary staff are expected to abide by the terms of this policy. The following arrangements have been made for informing them of its existence:

  • Adequate signage
  • Receptionist/person greeting will inform the person of the policy, to be reinforced via the invitation letter or email if required
  • Recruitment procedures
  • Further details for jobs will include reference to this policy. On their appointment, all new staff members will be given a copy of this policy.


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Help For Those Who Smoke

This policy is not concerned with whether anyone smokes but where they smoke and how it affects others.  The NHS offers a range of free services to help smokers give up. Visit gosmokefree| or call the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 169 0 169 for details. Alternatively you can text ‘GIVE UP’ and your full postcode to 88088 to find your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.

In Leicester, if you are interested in stopping smoking or in cutting down on smoking then you can contact the STOP! Advisory Service run by Leicester City NHS PCT, by telephone on (0116) 295 4141 or text to 07717 420560 for a call-back or by visiting their website by clicking here|.


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Enforcement Of This Policy

Failure to comply with this policy will be dealt with through the University’s disciplinary procedures.

University grounds – are patrolled by Security staff, they will politely ask those found breaching the policy to move away from the building or to stop smoking. If the person(s) fail to comply with this request they will be asked to leave University property/grounds.  In the latter instance the person’s details will be taken and if a university staff or student they will be passed to their managing Faculty/Directorate who will invoke the disciplinary process. 

University staff may also take responsibility for asking smokers to move away or to stop smoking when the policy is breached. 


University buildings - If someone is smoking inside then they should be asked to stop smoking. If they fail to comply with this request they should be asked to leave the building - Security may be contacted if necessary. In the latter instance the person’s details will be taken and if university staff or student they will be passed to their managing Faculty/Directorate who will invoke the disciplinary process.  

In addition to action taken under this policy, individuals who smoke in smoke-free places or vehicles may be liable for a fine, in line with current UK legislation.


Created:                                 University Health & Safety

Author:                                   Head of Health & Safety

Originating Directorate:       People & Organisation Development

Approved by:                        Executive Board

Date of approval:                  13-Jan-2015

Due for review:                     13-Jan-2018

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