Smoke-free campus

Erasmus University Rotterdam attaches great value to providing a healthy working and learning environment. From August 2020, the university campus will therefore be completely smoke-free. From 1 September 2019 to July 2020, smoking will only be permitted in five designated smoking zones on campus.

Smoking zones per September 2019

From September 2019, five smoking zones with smoking facilities will be made available on campus. Smoking will only be permitted in these zones. The five smoking zones will be taken into use immediately from the start of the 2019-2020 academic year and are located at a considerable distance from the entrances to buildings.Apart from the smoking zones, there are no further facilities on campus to extinguish and dispose of cigarette butts. From August 2020, the campus will be completely smoke-free. From that time, smoking will only be permitted off campus. The smoking ban applies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and applies to all tobacco products. Change is in the air!

Do you smoke?

For you, it means that from September 2019 you can no longer smoke anywhere on campus. Smoking is only permitted in one of the four smoking zones on the campus. The university will realize a completely smoke-free campus from August 2020, which means that smoking on campus will no longer be possible. The smoking zones and the final ban can mean a change in your daily routine. Discuss any bottlenecks with your manager.

With the slogan Change is in the air, the Erasmus University is calling attention to the changing smoking policy that appeals to both smokers and non-smokers. The slogan indicates involvement and the will to change with regard to society, sustainability and health / vitality.

General Measure of Governance

By making the campus smoke-free, the University is also preparing for the General Measure of Governance concerning smoke-free school sites, which is currently being drawn up by the Ministry of Public Health (VWS). This General Measure of Governance for smoke-free school sites will come into force on 1 August 2020. This means that all school sites (from primary school to Higher Professional Education/University) must be completely smoke-free. The Ministry of Public Health (VWS) has set itself the goal of enabling Dutch residents to make healthier choices, which will ensure that they become ill less frequently, require less care and set a good example to their children. It wants to encourage young people to smoke less.

Participate in the EUR smoking panel

Together with some employees and students, we are thinking about how the EUR can become smoke-free. By involving smokers, the quality of the proposals and the eventual change are better substantiated. We held the first meeting in May, and we want to plan the second in September. Let us know if you want to join this panel by sending a short mail with your motivation to tomorrowscampus@eur.nl.

Project group and steering group

The project group is responsible for developing the measures to realize a smoke-free campus. The project group consists of:

  • Amanda Hanemaijer, profesional services and project leader
  • Peter van Breda, manager Facility Services
  • Naomi van der Maden, policy officer Human Resources
  • Joop Matthijsse, manager Education & Student Affairs
  • Rogier Ragetlie, manager Security
  • Kirsten van der Worp, advisor Marketing & Communication
  • Vanancy, student representation

The steering group has thoroughly studied the proposed plans of the project group and, where necessary, refined them. The Steering Committee consists of:

  • Geert Gerritse, directorr Real Estate & Facilities and chairman steering group
  • John van Barneveld, director Financial Services
  • Lilian Jillissen, directorr Education and Student Affairs
  • Denise Korthals-Altes, legal advice ABD
  • Lieke Skidmore-Vencken, director Human Recourses
  • Aisha de Valk-Abubaker, Facilities and Services Manager RSM (on behalf of the faculties)
  • Vacancy, director Marketing & Communications

Frequently asked questions and information

If you have a comment or a question, please contact us by sending an mail to tomorrowscampus@eur.nl. You can also have a look in the FAQs below.

  • By making the campus smoke-free, the University is also preparing for the General Measure of Governance concerning smoke-free school sites, which is currently being drawn up by the Ministry of Public Health (VWS). This General Measure of Governance for smoke-free school sites will come into force on 1 August 2020. This means that all school sites (from primary school to Higher Professional Education/University) must be completely smoke-free.

  • Erasmus University is hereby taking responsibility and creating a smoke-free campus with a transition year from September 2019 to July 2020, in which a few smoking zones will be retained on campus. From August 2020, the campus will be completely smoke-free. From that time, smoking will only be permitted off campus. With this step, we meet people who are already experiencing nuisance from smoking and we meet smokers by offering them smoking zones for smoking a cigarette.

  • By making the campus smoke-free, the University is also preparing for the General Measure of Governance concerning smoke-free school sites, which is currently being drawn up by the Ministry of Public Health (VWS). This General Measure of Governance for smoke-free school sites will come into force on 1 August 2020. This means that all school sites (from primary school to Higher Professional Education/University) must be completely smoke-free.

  • The five smoking zones are recognizable and marked on the ground. In addition, arrows point to the four zones. Can't find the smoking zones yet? Then look at the campus map (attached by news item).

  • The four smoking zones are scattered throughout the campus and are indicated on the map (map is attached at this news item).

  • You can throw butts in the special trash cans in the five smoking zones (map with the zones is attached to this news item). Tiles will be placed outside the campus where you can throw away your cigarette.

  • If you want to stop, that is of course your own choice.

    On the website Smokefree you will find a lot of information and tips about quitting smoking. In addition, you can get advice from your doctor and possibly a referral to a course or program 'Stop smoking'.
    Attention! From January 2020, this will be reimbursed at a lot of health insurers. Pay attention to this when choosing your health care provider.

  • If you experience difficulties with your working hours due the little extra walking time to the permitted smoking areas, please discuss this point with your manager.

  • Smoking is not allowed in the parking due to a fire hazard. If your car is parked in one of the parking garages, you are not allowed to smoke there.

  •  From 1 August 2020, the Woudestein campus will be a completely smoke-free campus. From 1 September 2019 to July 2020, smoking is only permitted in four smoking zones on the site.