Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday September 30, 2017
McMaster going tobacco, smoke-free
McMaster University will become the province’s first tobacco and smoke-free campus next year.
As of Jan. 1, 2018, using tobacco and all oral smoking devices will be prohibited on McMaster campuses.
This includes the Hamilton campus, inside and on the grounds of the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington, as well as at all McMaster-owned properties.
The university said it is working to help students, faculty and staff adapt to the new policy and educate the community before it comes into effect.
“McMaster University recognizes the unique relationship that many Indigenous cultures have with traditional and sacred medicines,” says a post on Mac’s Daily News website. “As such, exemptions to this policy will be granted, upon request, to members of the McMaster University community.”
There will be phased-in enforcement of the designation starting in January.
For the first months, anyone found in contravention of the policy will be asked to stop or referred to supports and resources. (Source: Hamilton Spectator)