Why has Mohawk decided to become smoke-free?
Mohawk is committed to providing a healthy and safe learning and working environment for students, employees and visitors to the college. Becoming a smoke-free environment supports this commitment and aligns with other colleges and universities, including McMaster University who became smoke-free in January 2018. Many hospitals and municipal buildings have also gone smoke-free.
What does a smoke-free campus mean?
This means that starting January 1, 2019 smoking in any form including tobacco, vaping, e-cigarettes (or other devices), and cannabis products, will not be permitted anywhere on Mohawk College property. This includes the Fennell and Stoney Creek Campuses, the Student Residence (including private residence rooms and all common-areas) and all satellite campus locations. This is consistent with the rules governing other campuses in Canada. For example, the Institute for Applied Health Sciences at McMaster University became smoke-free on January 1, 2018.
Who does this apply to?
The smoke-free policy applies to all members of the College community, including but not limited to all employees, students, including continuing education and apprenticeship students, visitors, contractors, independent operators and student government representatives on all College owned, rented, or leased property or vehicles. This policy also applies to any persons or groups renting or making use of College facilities.
Can employees and students smoke in their personal vehicle while on Mohawk College property?
No. Smoking will not be permitted on any College property. This includes smoking in personal vehicles parked on college property.
Does this mean employees who smoke will get longer breaks so they can leave campus to smoke?
No. Employees are entitled to break periods as outlined in their collective agreements, or the Employment Standards Act. Smokers will not be entitled to extended break periods.
Will there be designated smoking areas on campus?
No. The existing smoking shelters will be removed and effective January 1, 2019 there will be no smoking on any Mohawk campus.
I want to quit smoking. How can Mohawk help?
Making the decision to quit smoking is perhaps the most difficult step in the process. Congratulations! You are taking a big step towards a healthier life.
Mohawk’s Wellness4U team is here to support you through your “quit” journey.
Please refer to the list of resources below to help with tobacco cessation:
Visit C109 to make an appointment re: Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society quit line is available to help you. It's a free, confidential service for smokers. Find out more information or register online for the self-directed quit program.
Hamilton Public Health
Hamilton Public Health Services – Telephone Service – Tobacco Hotline
110 King St. West, 4th floor, Hamilton, ON L8P 4S6
Hamilton Public Health Services Website
The Lung Association
Before you set your quit date you need to prepare. Take time to think about when, where, and why you smoke. If you understand your smoking habits and triggers, you’ll have a better chance at success.
For news, tips and to be in touch with those who have quit, are trying to quit, or are supporting others, connect on Twitter at: twitter.com/SmokersHelpline.