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Frequently Asked Questions

Why has Sheridan decided to go 100% smoke free?

A:  As an academic institution, we are committed to both evidence-based decision making, and to promoting a healthy and safe working and learning environment for the Sheridan community.  By implementing the Smoke Free Sheridan Policy, we are taking a tangible step that will enhance the wellness of our students, employees, and visitors to campus.

Over 30 Canadian universities and colleges have declared themselves to be smoke free.  The legislation of cannabis is leading more institutions to follow suit.  Sheridan has been working toward achieving smoke-free campuses since 2012.  Our HMC campus in Mississauga has always been smoke-free.

What does a smoke-free campus mean?

A:  Smoking any form of tobacco and/or cannabis, vaping and use of e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco (commonly known as chewing tobacco) will not be permitted anywhere on Sheridan campuses as of October 17, 2018. This ban also extends to vehicles on campus.

Will the possession of cannabis be allowed on campus?

A:  In accordance with the federal law that legalizes recreational cannabis use, individuals may possess up to 30g of cannabis or equivalent* (if the individual is the legally required age of 19+), while on Sheridan property, provided it is stored in a sealed container.  Sheridan’s new policy is also in accordance with legislation governing cannabis use in Ontario, which makes consumption of recreational cannabis in the workplace illegal.

* The possession limits in the Cannabis Act are based on dried cannabis. Equivalents were developed for other cannabis products to identify what their possession limit would be. One (1) gram of dried cannabis is equal to:

  • 5 grams of fresh cannabis
  • 15 grams of edible product
  • 70 grams of liquid product
  • 0.25 grams of concentrates (solid or liquid)
  • 1 cannabis plant seed

Source: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/cannabis/

To whom does the Smoke Free Sheridan Policy apply?

A:  The policy applies to all members of the Sheridan community, including all students, staff and faculty.  In addition, any visitors to campus, including visiting professors, dual credit high-school students, prospective students, contractors, conference centre clients, etc., will also be prohibited from smoking on Sheridan property.

Are Sheridan students and employees expected to quit smoking?

A:  No.  We recognize that the decision to use tobacco products is a personal one. We are not asking anyone to quit, rather, to refrain from smoking on our campuses.   However, our focus is on the overall well-being of our community.  As such, we are ready to support any members of our community who choose to reduce or quit smoking.  Visit the Resources section of this website for information on the available supports for students and employees.

Will the use of medical cannabis be permitted on campus?

A:  Sheridan will provide accommodation for the medical use of cannabis on campus, in accordance with applicable legislation and policy.  For more information:

Why not just keep the designated outdoor smoking areas?

A:  The goal of the smoke-free campus initiative is to provide a healthier environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors.  A study from Stanford University found that designated smoking areas with multiple people smoking have toxic air quality levels equivalent to smoking indoors.  Even brief exposure to outdoors smoke can exacerbate symptoms among those who suffer from heart disease, asthma, allergies and bronchitis.

Further, designated smoking areas create a social space for those who smoke or use tobacco products, and can be a trigger for those trying to reduce or quit smoking.  Designated smoking areas also lead to confusion around where smoking is permitted.

Does the policy include Indigenous traditional and sacred medicines?

A:  No.  Sheridan recognizes and embraces the right of Indigenous community members to practice ceremonies such as Smudging, Pipe Ceremony and Kullik Lighting.  Exemptions to the Sheridan Smoke Free Policy will be granted to Sheridan community members for these practices in accordance with Sheridan’s Indigenous Ceremonial Burning Protocol.

What about the safety of Sheridan community members who smoke and must go off-campus, especially at night?

A:  Sheridan has a comprehensive community safety plan that includes a variety of measures to keep our campuses safe.  Everyone is asked to follow basic safety measures at all times and to report any worrisome or suspicious behavior to Sheridan Security.

Nicotine replacement options such as the patch, gum, lozenges or nasal spray can be used to manage nicotine needs without leaving campus.

Who do I contact if I have questions or feedback about the smoke-free policy?

A:  General questions and feedback may be directed to sharecleanair@sheridancollege.ca

For concerns related to compliance issues, please contact Sheridan Security at extension 4044 (all campuses).