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Tilburg University Campus smoke-free from August 15

Published: 13th August 2019 Last updated: 13th August 2019

In anticipation of national policy and as an implementation of Tilburg University’s strategy themes, the campus will be completely smoke-free as of August 15. Smoking stands and ashtray tiles will be removed and the campus boundaries will be marked. The smoking shelter on the footbridge will be used for a different purpose and there will be a clean-up operation to make the entire campus as free of cigarette butts as possible.

Why a smoke-free campus?

One of the spearheads from our strategic plan is sustainability. Tilburg University is guided in this context by the UN Sustainability Goals. A smoke-free campus fits in with our sustainability goal of ‘Enhancing health & wellbeing’. We feel responsible for our students so we want to start the new academic year with a smoke-free campus.

Facilities to quit smoking

Do you want to quit smoking and could you use some help? Tilburg University offers help to employees who want to quit smoking, in collaboration with ProStop, consisting of:

  • A group meeting to improve insight into thinking patterns and habits and into how to change this behavior.
  • Laser treatment on campus. The treatment consists of an interview plus the treatment. It takes about 50 minutes.
  • An aftercare group meeting. In this session, you will get additional information on what to do during ‘hard moments’. Attention will also be paid to weight control and exercise.

If you want more information or if you want to sign up, please send an e-mail to Anita Mosterd: preventiemedewerker@tilburguniversity.edu. If there is sufficient interest, the first meetings will start on August 15.

In the coming months, students and employees will be made aware of various self-help apps to quit smoking. In addition, participation in the national Stoptober campaign will be encouraged.

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PhD research

Tilburg University employees can participate in PhD research by the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology into a new treatment for people trying to quit smoking. Participants need to do a number of short exercises using a tablet during ‘hard moments’. There are suggestions that, by practicing evoking such moments, the spontaneous desire for a cigarette gradually decreases. More information on the research can be found here (Dutch only). Do you have any questions or are you interested in quitting smoking and do you want to participate in this study? Please send an e-mail to Tom IJdema: T.IJdema@tilburguniversity.edu.