Bournemouth University introduced a non-smoking and vaping policy at the beginning of the academic year, ahead of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s announcement yesterday of his “smoke-free generation” plans.
The non-smoking and vaping policy was launched on a trial basis to promote a safer and healthier learning environment for Bournemouth University students as well as to promote sustainability.
Smoking and vaping are prohibited on Talbot Campus at any time, including car parks, buildings, and walkways. Ash trays and smoking bins have been covered.
All students, staff and visitors have been expected to comply with the smoke-free policy which is due to run until the end of the month.
Sunak announced his plans to gradually phase out the sale of cigarettes in England at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester yesterday.
His aim is to raise the legal age of smoking every year by a year, so that eventually no one will be able to legally buy tobacco.
Student Union President Chike Dike said the university’s pilot policy could become permanent.
“It is definitely a positive thing for the uni. It enables a cleaner, safer environment for all as well as promoting cultural change,” he said.
In 2022, the university was ranked in the top 3% worldwide for its contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The university also promotes sustainability by hosting vintage clothing sales regularly and has plans to reach net zero by 2030-31.