Smoking in the Workplace

SFU is dedicated to promoting healthy campuses. The health risks associated with smoking and secondhand smoke are well-documented.  Smoking is prohibited within 10 metres of any building. On the Burnaby Campus, this  includes Convocation Mall and the surrounding walkways, all courtyards, indoor parking lots, transit shelters and anywhere else within 10 metres of a building. Tobacco sales and advertising are banned on all SFU campuses.

Where is it allowed to smoke?   smoking location map   | Questions? ehs_sfu@sfu.ca

If you're a smoker and need a place to smoke

Some provisions have been made to accommodate smokers outside the 10 metre buffer zone. This map   indicates the areas where smoking is allowed by noting the location of ash urns and smoking pavillions (shelters from rain and snow). Grey (stainless steel) ash urns have been bolted in place to effectively communicate the smoking locations.

If you have an employee in your department who suffers from health problems triggered by scents, be proactive. Talk to the employee so he or she knows that you are approachable about the subject.

If the employee reports a problem to you:

  • Respond quickly and if possible, relocate the employee away from the scent.
  • Approach the individual wearing the scent, make them aware of the problem and direct them to this site for information. Point out that the University supports a scent-free environment.
  • Get back to the employee with an account of what has been done on her/his behalf.
  • Continue to monitor the situation until the problem has been corrected.

If the problem persists, contact Environmental Health and Research Safety for advice ehs_sfu@sfu.ca .

If the scent is being worn by someone in your area, you can approach him/her directly. 

  • Explain the problem  -  the kind of reactions the fragrance triggers.
  • Ask him/her to visit this web site for more information.
  • Ask the individual to consider switching to unscented products.
  • If you feel that direct contact with the scent would worsen your reaction or if you don't feel comfortable approaching the person wearing the scent, speak to your supervisor.
  • If necessary ask your supervisor to relocate you to another area until the scent is gone.

If you become ill, follow the normal procedures for reporting illness at work.

If the situation does not improve, contact  Environmental Health and Research Safety ehs_sfu@sfu.ca .

If you are sensitive to scents and start working in a new department, or develop a sensitivity:

  • Tell your supervisor and co-workers.
  • Explain what kind of problems you are experiencing. Ask for their assistance and direct them to this site.
  • Ask your supervisor to alert Facilities Services to warn you when activities with scents are scheduled.

If you are using a scented product(s) and you are approached by another employee or your supervisor:

  • Remember this is NOT a personal affront.
  • Work with others to find out what product or products are causing the reaction. 
  • Become part of the solution and switch to fragrance-free products.

In Residence

If you are having reactions to your roommate's/neighbor's scents, you can approach him or her directly. Explain the problem and the reaction(s) the fragrance triggers.

  • Ask him or her to visit this web site for more information.
  • Ask your roommate/neighbor to consider switching to unscented products.
  • If you direct contact with the scent worsens your reaction or if you don't feel comfortable approaching the person wearing the scent, ask your Community Advisor to talk with him or her.
  • If this a serious problem that may require alternative arrangements, contact the Residence Life Manager.

In Class

If you're having a reaction to the scented products worn by your classmate(s)you can approach him or her directly. Explain the problem and what kind of reactions the fragrance triggers.

  • Ask her or him to visit this web site for educational information.
  • Ask your classmate if he or she would consider switching to unscented products.
  • If direct contact with the scent worsens your reaction or if you don't feel comfortable approaching the person wearing the scent, talk to your professor or the teaching assistant and ask that they speak to your classmate(s) about the matter.

If the problem continues, contact Environmental Health and Research Safety ehs_sfu@sfu.ca

If you are a student who is wearing a scented product(s) and you are approached by another student or your professor:

  • Do not take the scented products request as a personal affront - this is not about you.
  • Work with others to find out what product or products are causing the reaction.
  • Become part of the solution and switch to fragrance-free products.

If you are a professor, lecturer or teaching assistant, or you have students who suffer reactions to scented products, and there are individuals using such products in your classroom, consider taking the following steps:

  • Each term and as required, inform students that SFU supports a scent-free environment. 
  • Explain the impact that scented products have.
  • Direct students to this web site for more information.
  • Ask the class to become part of the solution and stop wearing scented products.

If the situation persists, approach the individual wearing the scent and explain the problem.  For further assistance contact ehs_sfu@sfu.ca.

FAQ's

Why isn’t all SFU smoke-free?

Although the negative effects of tobacco use are well known, some individuals continue to smoke and smoking remains a legal activity.  Areas have been identified where smoking may continue without smokers having to leave Burnaby Mountain.  However, SFU Surrey and SFU Vancouver are effectively no smoking campuses.

If your a smoker and want to quit

Quitting smoking can be difficult. Do you have friends that also want to quit?  Why not support each other and quit together, or join a support group.   Different methods work for different people. Take a look at your options, talk with your physician, and decide what works best for you!

UniverCity and Residence

Residences have long been smoke-free and  the 10 metre, smoke-free zone around Residence buildings applies. However, the 10 metre zone, and sales and advertising restrictions do not apply to UniverCity lands and businesses (e.g., the Cornerstone Building). On UniverCity lands smoking is prohibited within 3 metre of doors and windows and 10 meters of air intakes.

How will these restrictions be monitored?

This is our campus and we all need to do our part to communicate the restrictions. Education is preferred over enforcement. Members of the community who see people continuing to smoke in non-smoking areas are encouraged to provide information about the designated smoking zones and this web site. Campus Security staff will also monitor the non-smoking zones and provide education.

Who is responsible for the regulation changes?

The Province of British Columbia has made changes to regulations within the Tobacco Control Act. Most of the changes outlined above mirror changes in provincial regulations. However, consultations on an earlier draft of the University Policy GP 16 (Advertising, Selling and Smoking Tobacco On-Campus) lead to revisions to expand the no smoking zones from 3 metres to 10 metres from all buildings. This change also provides a single simple criterion by which anyone can identify what areas are no smoking and where smoking continues to be allowed.