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Tilburg University Campus smoke-free from August 15

Published: 13th August 2019 Last updated: 27th March 2020

Tilburg University is a frontrunner where smoke-free campuses are concerned. State Secretary Blokhuis for Health, Welfare and Sport has imposed a total ban on smoking at all education institutions in the Netherlands from August 1, 2020. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) will enforce the smoking ban. Tilburg University introduces the new non-smoking policy from as early as August 15, 2019.

One of the spearheads from Tilburg University’s strategic plan is sustainability. The 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’. The University feels responsible for its students and staff so we will introduce a smoke-free campus at the start of the new academic year.

From designated smoking areas to a smoke-free campus

In 2017, Tilburg University made the first moves towards a smoke-free campus. In the direct vicinity of the building, smoking was only allowed in designated smoking areas. From August 15, 2019, smoking is prohibited on the entire campus.

Campus boundaries

To be able to enforce the non-smoking policy, it is important to know the boundaries of the campus. With so many building spread over a large area, it may not be easy to remember. Therefore signs will be put up from August so you can see where you enter or leave the campus premises.

Paulina Snijders (member of the Tilburg University Executive Board) in current affairs TV program EenVandaag on the smoking ban (in Dutch).