Recently, the following changes were made to the smoking gazebos outside the Library and Administration (ADM) buildings:
- June 25 and 26
The wooden gazebo outside ADM was removed. The gazebo had reached the end of its lifecycle.
- July 9 and 10
The steel gazebo near the Library building was moved to the location outside ADM.
Smoking is no longer permitted at the location near the library building, but will be permitted at the steel gazebo outside ADM once the gazebo is secured and ready for use. The gazebo is expected to be available later today.
These gazebo changes were recommended by UBC Okanagan’s University Health and Safety Committee in order to provide a pedestrian route that is free of second-hand smoke, while also ensuring that designated smoking gazebos remain available on campus.
Other gazebo locations on campus include:
- Southwest exit of the ADM building, behind the cafeteria.
- Between the Arts (ART) and Creative and Critical Studies (CCS) buildings.
- North of the University Centre (UNC).
- Kalamalka gazebo (between Kalamalka and Nicola).
- Monashee gazebo (between Similkameen and Monashee).
In the fall, UBC-Okanagan will release a wellness survey to the campus community that includes a section on campus smoking gazebos. Until the survey is released, please feel free to provide your feedback regarding these changes at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/QNmLLaqHvCXK5h0x1
Support is available for those who are trying to quit smoking. Health and Wellness offers Nicotine Replacement Therapies, counselling, and other cessation support to students. Other resources include:
Reminder: For health and fire safety reasons, smoking on university property is only allowed in the designated smoking gazebos. It is the responsibility of all employees to ensure that smokers use these designated spaces and dispose of their waste properly.