From which date will the campus be smoke-free?

The entire campus, excluding the residential area, will be smoke-free from 30 March 2020. This also applies to the ITC faculty at Hengelosestraat. 

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Why does the UT opt for a smoke-free campus?

The University of Twente wants to offer its students and staff a healthy learning and working environment. This fits in seamlessly with the university's ambitions in the area of sustainable employability of its staff, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and the increased medical focus of the UT. Also, the Tobacco and Smoking Products Act (previously the Tobacco Act) will ban smoking at the premises of educational institutions from 1 January 2020, and this legislation will be enforced from 1 August 2020.

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What if people do smoke on the campus?

We assume that the existing code of conduct and internal regulations provide sufficient basis for enforcement by students and staff, and that we will be able to call each other to account if people smoke in a non-smoking area. If there is persistent undesirable smoking behaviour, the UT will be fined for this, and the fine will be recovered from the smoker.

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I would like to give up smoking. Whom can I turn to for help?

It is really great that you want to quit smoking! We want to give up smoking together and therefore we will gladly help you. From January 2020, we offer various programmes to help you stop. This page offers more information on programmes for quitting smoking the UT offers to staff. This page also contains information on where to register.

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Is help also available for students who want to give up smoking? 

The UT only offers various programmes to employees. Of course, there are many other ways to participate in assistance programmes. Many of these programmes are also covered by your health insurer. So, the best thing to do is to visit the website of your health insurer for an assistance programme that is suitable for you. 

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Where is smoking permitted?

The entire campus is non-smoking, except for the residential area.

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What facilities are there for smokers?

In order to clearly indicate the non-smoking area, signs will be put up at all access roads and paths that intersect with the non-smoking area. In the non-smoking area, there will not be any smoking facilities such as shelters for smokers or ashtrays. The existing smoking facilities will be removed from the campus before 30 March 2020.

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I have a complaint or question. Who should I contact?

Do you have a question, complaint or comment? Please feel free to contact us via smokefreecampus@utwente.nl. We aim to answer your question within two working days. 

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