Towards a Healthy Smoke-Free Campus



Humber is committed to providing a healthy learning, working and living environment for our community members; our goal is to become the healthiest campus in Canada.  To promote a smoke-free learning and working environment for the college community, in accordance with the  Smoke-Free Ontario Act, Humber has approved the Smoke-Free Campus Policy.

For employees who are interested in quitting or reducing their consumption, there is a variety of resources to assist in the process.  For further information, please see:

Below you will find a set of Frequently Asked Questions about Humber going smoke-free. If you have any further questions, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Humber making this change?

This important step supports Humber’s signing on to the Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universitites and Colleges and our goal of becoming the healthiest campus in Canada.

What constitutes Humber property?

Humber property includes all campuses, buildings, spaces, grounds, including residence facilities and all vehicles owned or leased by the College. Generally speaking, Humber property lines extend to the sidewalk. Humber property includes, but is not limited to:

  • The North Campus
  • The University of Guelph-Humber
  • The Lakeshore Campus path from the cottages to A building
  • Humber’s Queen’s Plate parking lot and surrounding green space. 
  • Carrier Drive and in the associated parking lots
  • The Humber Arboretum

Please note that municipal by-laws have prohibited smoking at the Orangeville Campus since 2012. This will remain the same after January 1, 2019.

Individuals wanting to smoke will need to go to the sidewalk in order to do so. Please be respectful of our residential and business neighbours and their properties.

Will the smoking shelters be removed?

We will be removing all smoking shelters from Humber property by the end of 2018. Some will be repurposed as weather shelters at the Queen’s Plate parking lot.

Can people go into the Arboretum to smoke?

Smoking is prohibited on Humber Arboretum lands and facilities as per the Arboretum policy.

What if I have a medical prescription to smoke cannabis?

Requests for accommodation are limited to individuals who provide medical documentation indicating the need to smoke/vape cannabis with a specified regularity coinciding with a scheduled time on campus. Such requests will be reviewed by subject matter experts and determinations will be made as soon as possible.

Employees requiring accommodation are asked to contact Hiren Patel at 416-675-6622 ext. 4237 or hiren.patel@humber.ca.

In all other cases, smoking is not permitted on Humber property.

What other options are available to staff for stress-relief?

Humber provides several options for stress relieving activities, including on-site fitness centres, mood walks, as well as programs through the Employee Assistance Program for full-time employees.

Will Humber help me to quit smoking?

Humber is committed to promoting health and well-being on campus. The college will subsidize tobacco replacement therapy for staff up to a maximum of $125. To participate, employees can contact Hiren Patel, Senior Abilities and Accommodation Specialist, at hiren.patel@humber.ca or 416-675-6622 ext. 4237.

We are also working closely with Toronto Public Health to explore ways to support employees who wish to quit smoking. Some existing resources are:

  • Toronto Public Health provides smoking cessation workshops at Humber and in the community.  Toronto Public Health will provide quit kits upon request which include sugarless gum, a stress ball, a toothbrush and other tools to help with cravings. More information can be found here.
  • Humber’s Employee Assistance Plan also provides full-time employees with access to telephone or online smoking cessation programs.  Employees can contact workhealthlife.com or 1-844-880-9142 to find out more.
  • The Ontario government provides a list of tips and supports to quit smoking.  
  • Smoker’s Helpline provides free, confidential one-to-one support to those ready to talk about quitting. Tel. 1-877-513-5333. 
  • Resources are also available to help a smoker quit here.  

Further smoking cessation resources are available on the HRS | Health and Safety Services webpage at http://hrs.humber.ca/smokefree.

How do I support coworkers who are trying to quit?

Ask them how you can help support them and understand that they may be going through a difficult time. Here is one example of the resources available to those looking to help a smoker quit.

It will take too long to get off of Humber property in order to smoke. What should I do?

If this is related to a specific medical accommodation, employees are asked to contact Hiren Patel at 416-675-6622 ext. 4237 or hiren.patel@humber.ca.

Does the new policy apply to the Orangeville Campus?

In keeping with municipal by-laws, smoking has been prohibited on the Orangeville Campus and parking lot since 2012. This will remain the same after January 1, 2019. Individuals wanting to smoke will need to continue to go to the public sidewalk in order to do so.


If you require in an alternate format, please contact:  HR Services at humanresources@humber.ca or 416-675-6622,4393.