Guelph Campus Marks First Day as Tobacco- and Smoke-Free Space


As communities around the world celebrate World No Tobacco Day, U of G’s Guelph campus marks its first day as a tobacco- and smoke-free space.

“It’s something that will help us create a healthier future for everyone on our campus,” said Don O’Leary, vice-president (finance, administration and risk). “It’s an important step for us.”

As of today, smoking and vaping of any substance – including cannabis – and the use of smokeless tobacco (e.g., chewing tobacco) is prohibited on the Guelph campus and in the Arboretum. A map of campus boundaries is available online. The policy covers all faculty, staff and students as well as visitors to campus.

The new tobacco- and smoke-free campus policy was developed through an 18-month process involving community consultation and input.

O’Leary emphasized the University’s support for those looking to quit smoking or cut back. “Our advisory committee has compiled a number of resources to help folks,” he said. “It’s important to be supportive and respectful of one another through this change.”

More information on the new policy and resources for faculty, staff and students is available at or email

Fresh Air Celebration

Help mark our first day as a tobacco- and smoke-free campus. Take part in a fresh air celebration.

  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Refreshments, information and resources, activities
  • Yoga on the Green (no mat, athletic clothing or experience needed) and campus walking tour