Smoke-free campus

From 1 August 2020 all university’s locations are completely smoke-free. From that date, the legal measure with regard to smoke-free education enters force. The 2019-2020 academic year is a transition year: until 1 August 2020, smoking is only permitted on the designated smoking zones on the campus.

Erasmus University Rotterdam fully supports this measure, because of the great importance of a healthy working and learning environment. Smoking and passive smoking are causing substantial health problems in the Netherlands. Research has shown that the earlier adolescents are confronted with smoking, the chance they will become addicted to smoking increases. Many adolescents start smoking when they go to university.

Smoking zones until 1 August 2020: smoking only allowed in smoking zones

From 1 September 2019 to 1 August 2020, smoking is only permitted in five designated smoking zones on the Woudestein campus. These smoking zones are located at a considerable distance from the entrances of buildings. In addition to the smoking zones, there are no specific facilities available to extinguish butts. Locations smoking zones:

  1. K.P. van der Mandeleplein (left corner Erasmus Building and Theil Building)
  2. Balcony 1st floor Tinbergen Building (entrance in front of Erasmus Pavilion)
  3. Tinbergen Plaza (between supermarket and Mandeville Building)
  4. Achterzijde Bayle Building (besides cycling/pedestrian path in direction of Abram van Rijckevorselweg)
  5. Between Library and Q Building

Policy from 1 August 2020: completely smoke-free campus

From 1 August 2020 smoking is nowhere allowed on the campus (including the grounds of Erasmus University College and International Institute of Social Studies). This applies to everyone: students, staff, residents, visitors and suppliers, no exceptions. The smoking ban applies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and applies to all tobacco products (including e-smokers).

Enforcement smoking policy

The enforcement of the smoking policy is determined in the Regulations maintaining order EUR Buildings, Grounds and Facilities. Until 1 August 2020, the emphasis is on informing and giving instructions. In addition to the various communication expressions, stewards and security officers alert the offenders to the smoking policy and request them to go to the smoking zone. If people have to be addressed repeatedly, registration can take place and contacting the relevant faculty where the offender is studying or working.

Enforcement will be intensified from 1 August 2020. Active registration will take place and it can be decided to take measures. The possible measures are determined by the Executive Board and are published timely.

Staff member and smoking?

Only being allowed to smoke in the smoking zones and from 1 August 2020 not being allowed to smoke at all on campus, most likely means a change in your daily routine, because you have to walk further, and this takes more time. Discuss any bottlenecks with your manager. Your manager can also ask about this.

Quit smoking

Voor de medewerkers en studenten die graag willen stoppen maar net dat kleine duwtje in de rug nodig hebben, denkt de EUR graag mee en biedt daarom op bepaalde facetten ondersteuning aan. Bekijk op MyEUROpent extern alle mogelijkheden die er zijn.

For staff and students who want to quit smoking but just need motivation, EUR offers support on certain aspects. View all options which are available on MyEUR.

Participation in the EUR smoking panel

It is clear that smoking is no longer permitted on the campus from 1 August. But what do employees and students who really can't live without that cigarette run into? And what would be suitable places to smoke outside the campus area, places where you can stand comfortably, out of the loop so that other people are not bothered by the smoke?

Hereby we need the help of the smokers in order to come to workable solutions. A meeting was held in May 2019 with a number of staff members and students. We want to schedule another meeting in the spring of 2020. If you want to join this panel, you can send an email to tomorrowscampus@eur.nl.

Participation in the EUR smoking panel

It is clear that smoking is no longer permitted on the campus from 1 August. But what do employees and students who really can't live without that cigarette run into? And what would be suitable places to smoke outside the campus area, places where you can stand comfortably, out of the loop so that other people are not bothered by the smoke?

Hereby we need the help of the smokers in order to come to workable solutions. A meeting was held in May 2019 with a number of staff members and students. We want to schedule another meeting in the spring of 2020. If you want to join this panel, you can send an email to tomorrowscampus@eur.nl.

Projectteam and Steering group

The projectteam is responsible for developing the measures to realize a smoke-free campus. Members:

  • Laura Hofstee, policy advisor Real Estate & Facility Services (projectmanager)
  • Peter van Breda, unitmanager Services
  • Naomi van der Maden, policy advisor Human Resources
  • Joop Matthijsse, unit manager Education & Student Affairs
  • Jelle Jager, Security advisor
  • Wim Hanemaaijer, location manager and teamleader Stewards
  • Kirsten van der Worp, advisor Marketing & Communication

De Stuurgroep is responsible for establishing the smoking policy and the eventual introduction of the smoke-free campus. Members:

  • Marijke Weustink, managing director Real Estate & Facilities (chairman)
  • Lilian Jillissen, managing director Education & Student Affairs
  • Lieke Skidmore-Vencken, managing director Human Recourses
  • Mireille Spapens, managing director Marketing & Communications
  • Denise Korthals-Altes, legal advisor Legal Affairs
  • Aisha de Valk-Abubaker, Facilities and Services Manager RSM (on behalve of the faculties)

General Measure of Governance

The Ministry of Public Health (VWS) is drawing up a General Measure of Governance on smoke-free school grounds and this measure enters force on 1 August 2020. This means that all school grounds (from primary school to HBO / University) must be completely smoke-free.

The aim is to support and stimulate people to make healthier choices, to obtain better health. need less healthcare and set a good example to their children to quit smoking or smoke less. Measures are aimed at allowing children to grow up in a smoke and tobacco-free environment, preventing adolescents from starting to smoke and limiting having nuisance of others’ smoke.

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.