Our smoke free campus

The University is committed to the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors. As part of this we're taking the first step on a journey to create a campus free from tobacco smoke.

Evidence shows that if people don’t start using tobacco by age 26, they probably never will. We want to create a "new normal" where people study, work, research and relax in an environment where smoking is seen as unusual.

We introduced an updated policy on smoking on 1 August 2019 which states that you must not smoke or vape inside University buildings including entrances, covered walkways and doorways, LUU or in vehicles when used for University business.

As well as this, between 8am and 6pm you are asked not to smoke on the smoke free campus. This includes:

  • Main campus (including LUU and with these boundaries: Woodhouse Lane, Clarendon Road, Mount Preston Street, Leeds General Infirmary – LGI - and the inner ring road).
  • Western campus (Leeds University Business School and Law School).
  • Fairbairn House.
  • All University-owned and managed residences.
  • All University-owned sports grounds (eg Sports Park Weetwood and Bodington Playing Fields).

You can still vape on the Smokefree campus as it is recognised by Public Health England as an aid to quit smoking.

The policy applies to all students, staff, visitors and contractors and covers all types of smoking and vaping products (including cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, and e-cigarettes). It talks about smoking outside on the smoke free campus and in University buildings and vehicles.

If you want to stop smoking

Free support is currently available on campus to help students who would like to quit smoking. For more information see the Quit Smoking webpages.

Have your say

We want to hear how we can help you with the implementation of the updated policy. Please email us at smokefree@leeds.ac.uk if you have any questions or suggestions. Find out more about the smoke free campus.